What switchers often hate is transferring their Windows PC files and documents to the Mac, with Outlook email being one of the main headaches. Is there an easier way? Yes. And it’s free.
Raider Of The Lost Art
The real deal though is what MailRaider does for those new to the Mac; switchers from Windows PCs who pine for their old Outlook email messages.
MailRaider can take an archive of email, particularly Microsoft’s Outlook message files, retrieve the attachments, open the email, and convert the whole mess for Mail.
Did I mention that MailRaider is free? I know plenty of new Mac users, switchers from Windows, who would pay to have someone do all that converting work.
MailRaider is mostly straightforward to setup and use. Mostly.
What you’ll need right up front is your old email archive. That’s the biggest challenge. After that, it’s just a matter of following the built-in MailRaider Help.
The step-by-step instructions in MailRaider Help do a good job explaining the basics of opening, converting, and saving archived email from Outlook.
That’s the good news. The bad news is the kind that everyone trying to move from Windows to Mac runs into here and there.
Things don’t always work. In my office we’ve used MailRaider to move Outlook email messages and attachments from PCs to Macs with a slightly better than 50-percent achievement rate.
Older Macs seem to have issues that newer Macs do not. When it works, it also works slowly. In every case we were able to get some email to transfer acceptably (but not all). Attachments seem to come in many flavors and we think that gummed up the process.
Still, if you’re not bogged down with 10 years of Outlook email and thousands of attachments, it’s hard to beat MailRaider’s price tag. Free.