The best way to transfer Windows Outlook folders to Mac OS X

Outlook2Mac from Little Machines is simply the best and fastest way to move your Windows Outlook email, contacts, and calendar appointments from a Windows PC to your Mac OS X machine. We know, we’ve tried just about every other convoluted method when recently moving a couple of friends off Windows to Mac OS X. Friends don’t let friends do Windows, as we all know. The big issue was how to cleanly get their Outlook info into the Mac? Microsoft doesn’t seem to want to let people have an easy way out of Outlook, for some reason. If you’re confronted with this “switch” scenario, this’ll be the best $10 you ever spent.

You run Outlook2Mac on the Windows PC, choose the Outlook folders you want to export, set a few filtering options, and click Start. Outlook2Mac then automatically exports the Outlook data into portable files you can import directly into Apple Mail, Address Book, and iCal. Yes, the attachments in the email messages transfer to the Mac, too. It also works with Microsoft Entourage and other Macintosh-compatible programs. We just emailed the exported files as attachments from the PC to the Mac, imported them into Mail, Address Book, and iCal, and that was that!

It worked flawlessly for us with four separate Windows PC’s running Microsoft Outlook 97, 98, 2000, and 2002 and even from Virtual PC running Outlook on a Mac!

Need to move Outlook info from a PC to your Mac, backup info from a PC to a Mac, or copy your Outlook folders from work to your Mac at home? One word of advice is all we offer: Outlook2Mac. More info and download link here.


  1. All fine and dandy if you only use POP accounts and can leave Outlook behind. Meanwhile, if your info is live on an Exchange Server, an export to alternative Mac solutions simply freezes the moment in a more attractive package. For anyone tied to Exchange, I would suggest… giving up on partial solutions like using IMAP in MAIL for message-only retrieval, giving up on trying to get the half-baked / out-of-date Outlook for OS9 to be fully funtional, and simply run the Windows version of Outlook in VPC. I have done this, it is quick, smooth and fits neatly in a floating 800×600 VPC window on my TiBook desktop. As it is likely that Mr. Bill will never provide a fully funtional OSX Outlook client, this is the way to go. One can also choose to wait until an OSX port of something like Ximian-Connect ( ) is available.

  2. I am sadly also stuck with an exchange enviornment, unfortunately buying and administering VPC for our 150+ Mac clients is out of the question.

    AFAIK Ximian has no plans to port their product to OSX, which is too bad as I would much prefer to run evolution than outlook. IMHO Apple would be better served porting it themselves (and maybe working a deal with Ximian for the Connector) rather than spending time coding yet another browser…

  3. There’s a free program called libPST that can convert Outlook style .pst files into standard Unix mbox files that OS X Mail can import. It’s open source and command line oriented, but it is very easy to use. Source is available and can be built for OS X or Linux. (There is a Windows .exe already available for download.) Maybe someone will offer it as an OS X binary or wrap it into a nice little GUI app at some point… But meanwhile, you could either use a Windows box to do the conversion and then move the files over to your Mac, or if you are able to compile simple Unix style tools, you can do it all on a Mac. It doesn’t do everything that Outlook2Mac can do, but it may be all that you need.
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  4. I know this article was posted years ago, but I recently had to migrate my Outlook email to my Mac, so thought I’d post an update:

    Outlook2Mac isn’t available anymore–the company appears to be out of business.

    I did have great luck with 8Convert ($14), however, which appears to be the same program, or at least do the exact same thing. It converted my emails (about 7000 of them) with attachments and my calendar.

    No more Windows for me!

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