Mac OS X: export your emails from Microsoft Entourage

On my italian blog one of the post which, over the time, is receiving more hits via search engines is the one about how to migrate your e-mails Microsoft Outlook to Mail.app (alias the default one included in the Mac OS X package).

Generally speaking I am seeing many “switchers” trying the Outlook –> Entourage transition, probably because they believe the look and feel of the application will be the same. Unfortunately – for them – that isn’t the case. Also, the Entourage in Office:mac 20004 edition has proven to be one of the most problematic and crashing piece of software I had the chance to run in my first generation MacBook.

So, how to behave when you’re uncomfortable with Entourage and want to move to some other e-mail client?

Trivially the answer comes from this tip from MacOSXhints.

Click on the Folder list in the left-hand pane and drop it onto your desktop; this will export the folder in the popular mbox format.

Real simple and indeed really “apple style” in the use of the drag & drop paradigm, isnt’ that so ?

{All of this post because if you try the export function in Entourage you will end up with a “closed source” and “proprietary” file containing your e-mails.}

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