Moving from MAC to PC

After 6 months of trying a mac, a good client of mine decided to move back to PC.

The main reasons for leaving Mac where:

1. Lack of support for Hebrew language within Entourage.
2. Blackberry sync kept duplicating contacts and diary entries until it failed to sync.
3. Entourage frequently had to scan the database before it would start.
4. The need to run certain PC software not available for MAC (that would also not work within a PC emulator).

Moving documents from Mac to PC is simple – although you need to use a fat32 flash drive or external hard disk (macs do not recognise NTFS formatted drives).

Moving emails from Entourage to Outlook is ticker.  Firstly, read this article.  You need to export all the emails by dragging them to the MAC desktop and then copying them to your flash drive. Then to import them to Outlook Express, you need to use this software – Mbox2eml. Finally, you can import the Outlook Express emails when in outlook.

Moving contacts involves an export to CSV file. Then copy the CSV file to a flash disk and copy to windows. Open the CSV (which will be in .txt format) in excel and save it as a CSV. Fianlly import to Outlook but you must check and correct the mapping – for example, while Entourage calls it “Work phone” Outlook will call is “Business phone” etc.

For diary, it is easiest to export the diary from Entourage to ical as an ics file. This ics file can then easily be imported to Outlook.

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