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Richard Mellish Tech: livemail export 2 Thunderbird ??? (20) RE: Tech: livemail export 2 Thunderbird ??? 12 Jun 20

Apropos plain text and HTML; I occasionally receive an email that someone has sent out to their mailing list where the HTML is current but the plain text is a copy of whatever they sent last time. I assume they must be composing the email by starting by a "resend" of the last one and then updating it, with a mail client that defaults to showing HTML only so they never see the old text.

Apropos POP versus IMAP: there's a good reason why both have remained in use side by side for so long: they have their respective pros and cons. I use POP because I prefer to have all my emails locally under my control, where I can file them, archive them, delete them, back them up, or whatever. It is a minor inconvenience to have to copy the set of folders containing them (in effect a sort of database) from the desktop computer to the notebook when I go off on a trip (which of course isn't happening at present anyway).

And I remain to be convinced of the virtue of a database of contacts with their email addresses, postal addresses, mobile and landline phone numbers and heaven knows what else all under the control of Google or Microsoft. It seems to me that the best place for phone numbers is a phone and the best place for email addresses is a mail client.

But back to the OP's (or rather the OP's GF's) problem: with IMAP everything including the contacts should be safe on the email provider's server anyway. I have recently been helping a friend cope with a new email client after up(?)grading from Windows 7 to 10. I did save her contacts, but the new client found them on the IMAP server without any special action being needed.

As a precaution, you could export in whatever format(s) the old email client can manage, then look at those files and find some way to fangle them into CSV.

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