Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source email client that is used by a large number of organizations. However, Microsoft Office 365 having powerful cloud services and security features provides a much reliable email platform. So, organizations are migrating from Thunderbird to Office 365. Hence, there is a need to import existing emails from Thunderbird to Office 365. Here, we will be discussing some solutions/methods to perform this migration.
Need to migrate email from Thunderbird to Office 365
Following are some reasons to move emails from Mozilla Thunderbird to Microsoft Office 365:
Outlook 2016 comes as a part of a whole package of applications(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) in Office 365. It let users not just have an email client but a whole set of data management applications.
Excellent calendar capabilities to manage tasks on daily basis.
Improved security and excellent Office 365 cloud features.
Office 365 provides platform independence as it can be accessed any time from anywhere.
Techniques to Import Thunderbird Email to Office 365
The techniques to migrate Thunderbird MBOX emails to Office 365 manually require the use of MS Outlook.
Important: Make sure that Office 365 account is configured and connected in the Outlook application before trying the manual methods.
I. Using IMAP
Configure a Gmail account in Thunderbird using IMAP server
Create a new folder in Gmail and move all emails to be copied in that folder
Now, configure the same Gmail account in MS Outlook (using IMAP or POP)
Download all the emails in MS Outlook.
Move these downloaded emails into the connected Office 365 account
Start Mozilla Thunderbird and select the messages which needs to be copied
Right-click on any selected message and select Save As option
Browse to the New folder created above and save the emails there.
Note: One can also drag and drop the messages to the new folder instead of using the ‘Save As’ option.
Import EML to Outlook
Start MS Outlook application
Create a New folder in MS Outlook or choose an existing one where the emails from Thunderbird needs to be copied to
Drag all the saved EML files from the Desktop folder to this new folder in Outlook.
Move the emails from the new folder into the Office 365 account.
Limitations of Importing Thunderbird Emails to Office 365 Manually
Complex Procedure:The process is time-consuming and complex.
Limited migration:This process is not meant for copying a bulk of files. It is only used for limited messages exporting which is not viable for large organizations handling a large amount of data.
The Integrity of data is compromised, which itself is a disaster for big enterprises.
There are chances of Data loss especially attachments are found to be empty in many cases.
Using Automated Tool
The manual methods due to their limitations are not viable for use by many organizations. A professional and trusted tool has always been sought after with which one can easily import email from Thunderbird to Office 365. One such efficient and comprehensive solution is MBOX to Office 365 Migrator. This tool is easy to use and is best suited for organizations trying to move their email messages from Thunderbird to Office 365 without using Outlook.
It supports Batch migration i.e. this tool can move Thunderbird data to Office 365 in bulk.
It also moves all the deleted emails to MS Office 365 without any complications.
The in-built Date Filter helps users transfer multiple messages by date.
Emails can be transferred with or without Impersonation.
Enables users to maintain complete folder hierarchy.
Refer to the following videos to understand ‘how the tool works‘:
I. Use Impersonation option.
II. Don’t use Impersonation Option
MS Office 365 with its features is making organizations using Thunderbird migrate to O365 platform for their email purposes. Thus, the task of importing email from Thunderbird to Office 365 has become an important one for these organizations. The discussed manual methods for email transfer are far too complex and unreliable to be implemented for such an important task. However, the provided professional tool approach overshadows those limitations and makes this tedious task much easier for administrators.