Conversion of Lotus Notes To Outlook The Right Way

emilybronteemilybronte New York City
edited January 2015 in Assembler Developer

In the present arena, Outlook has been emerged as the most popular email client. Both Outlook and Lotus Notes are application Suite having features much similar to each other. However, due to some advanced features of Outlook over Lotus Notes, it acquires all the lime light and so people migrate from ®Notes to latest version of MS Outlook.

Outlook and Lotus Notes: A Comparative Look!

A large number of people migrate to Outlook due to the following advantages:

Ease To Maintain Backup

Creating backup is important for the purpose of data security. If you have the backup of the important emails, there will not be any fear of losing those mails. Maintaining backup for Outlook email is much simpler and easy as compared to Lotus Notes.

Less Time Consumption

Multiple accounts can be configured both with lotus Notes and Outlook. But log in into the accounts in both the cases are different. In Outlook you can access multiple accounts from the Outlook Window itself. While in case of Lotus Notes, you need to log into the different accounts separately. Thus, time and resource consumption in the case of Outlook is less as compared to Lotus Notes.

Availability and Cost Efficient

Outlook is available as a part of Microsoft Office Suite, however you can you can purchase its individual license. If you need to work on Lotus Notes environment, you need to purchase an independent program for it. Therefore, Outlook is cost efficient on comparing it to Lotus Notes.

Interface And Features

Interface and features of both Outlook and Lotus Notes are excellent. The interface of Outlook is much flexible when compared to Lotus Notes. It is easier to learn and use then Lotus Notes.

How to Move Notes Database to Outlook?

The file format supported by both Lotus Notes and Outlook for storing data are different. Notes supports NSF (Notes storage Format) file format while Outlook supports PST (Personal Storage Table) file format. On migrating to Outlook from Lotus Notes, the NSF files need to be converted into PST format so that they can be accessible using Outlook.

Method1: Using Export and Import Options

You can export the contacts from the Lotus Notes in CSV format and import the CSV in Outlook.

Limitation: - You can export only contacts in CSV format.

Method2: Using Notes Connector

Notes Connector is an add-in provided in Outlook 2002/2003. Through this add-in you can access the Domino Server.

Limitations:- You can only read Lotus Notes files using Notes Connector. Your access to the Lotus Notes is only limited as long as you are connected to the Server.

Method3: Using Export Notes Software

You can convert NSF files to PST format using Export Notes. Through this software you can convert emails with attachments, calendars, notes, tasks etc from Lotus Notes to Outlook and folder structure intact. Moreover, you can migrate database in bulk.

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