Thunderbird Migration Bugday on Tuesday

Friday August 6th, 2004

Asa Dotzler writes: "The Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client is swiftly approaching its 1.0 release, currently planned to coincide with Firefox 1.0. In order to ensure that all those happy new Thunderbird users have a great experience migrating, we're holding a special Thunderbird Migration Bonanza party all day long on Tuesday.

"Bring your Outlook, Eudora, Mozilla, Outlook Express, and Communicator e-mail clients with you and join us on IRC for a day of testing the Thunderbird migration features. The goal is to get as many testing migrations performed on as many clients and as many operating systems as possible and to discuss and record all the problems in Bugzilla.

"With your help, we can ensure that mail, account settings, and address books migration and import are all in tip-top shape for the big 1.0 release coming up. I also expect that some of you doing this migration test will see how wonderful Thunderbird is and won't want to go back to your old clients, so please join us on Tuesday on the IRC server, channel #mozillazine for this special BugDay and we'll have a great time getting new users set up and migrated to Thunderbird. For those that aren't ready to make the leap, you can help us with some testing, trash it all when you're done and know that you helped make the Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird 1.0 release duo the best thing to happen to the Internet in years!"

#9 is it possible to migrate in opposite direction?

by ivanii

Saturday August 7th, 2004 3:11 AM

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Probably it is the most important to have good OE to TB conversion. Still, people will feel unsafe if they cannot escape from TB if there is a need to do so (e.g. their cheef orders them to do so).

I've experimented with this and I just could not do that. says that you should import messages in other clients as Eudora mail, but it just doesn't work (OE, Outlook, The Bat). The only tip on the web was to use some java application which extracts messages from the TB files, but due to its bug it cannot extract more than 100 messages at once. So it is very time consuming to do this, and finally you won't have any of your message flags and other things which should flow between the mail clients.

If TB is serious in taking on OE it should have this option. And first step towards that would be to allow to save multiple messages as .eml files.