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Import messages from Mozilla® Thunderbird® to Windows® Live Mail

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What are the differences between Windows Live Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird? How to import messages from Mozilla Thunderbird to Windows Live Mail?

Both Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail are e-mail clients that allow users to handle all their e-mail accounts with a single account. Therefore, they have some common features. Both of them support a wide variety of add-ins or extensions that further enhance the performance and features of the program. They are also equipped with security measures that are capable of blocking spam and junk e-mails.

The below mentioned points differentiate between Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail and also mention tips to import e-mails from Mozilla Thunderbird to Windows Live Mail:

  • Comparison between Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail
  • Importing from Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Exporting to Windows Live Mail

Comparison between Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail

Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail exhibit similarities and dissimilarities. Both of them are designed for handling e-mail accounts and both can support multiple accounts at a time. Windows Live Mail allows the users to integrate it with Windows Messenger, Newsgroups as well as RSS feeds. Mozilla Thunderbird also exhibits this feature but it needs the help of add-on plug-in manager. Mozilla Thunderbird allows the users to handle e-mails easily and with style whereas Windows Live Mail focuses on performance and usability options. Mozilla Thunderbird is also included with better features like Advanced Filtering Tools, New Mail Account Setup Wizard, Smart Folders, etc. Windows Live Mail’s features include PhotoMail, Conversations, Windows Live Calendar, etc.

Exporting from Mozilla Thunderbird

Exporting mails from Mozilla Thunderbird can be done easily by using several third party extensions. Certain extensions work with the Mozilla Thunderbird allowing the user to export right from the mailbox of Mozilla Thunderbird. To do this, right-click on one or more messages and select ‘Export Selected Messages’. Choose a local folder where you wish to save the export files of your messages. Once all the messages are exported, click ‘Finish’ or ‘OK’. Certain extensions convert the file format of this exported file to their own programmed format so that they can be easily converted to any other format.

Importing to Windows Live Mail

Once you have the exported file, you can start the import to Windows Live Mail process. Now the exported file will be in either wlm format or software generated format. If it is wlm format, simply open it. It will be opened using Windows Live Mail. Save or move it into a folder of your choice. Alternatively, you can open ‘Windows Live Mail’ and select ‘Tools’ menu and then ‘Import’. Provide the exported file and click ‘Next’ and ‘Finish’ to start the import process. If the exported file is in software generated format, use the same software for converting it into wlm format. Once the file is converted, you can easily import it into Windows Live Mail using the above mentioned method.

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