Earlier this month Microsoft announced the (initial limited) availability of a PST import service for Office 365, the aim being to enable businesses to import PST data into their users’ mailboxes without having to resort to 3rd party tools (Microsoft’s own PST Capture Tool, BitTitan’s Personal Archive and MessageOps Office 365 Exchange Migration Tool are examples that come to mind). As of the 14th of May, the service is generally available, though I’d personally still call it a preview as it’s still lacking some features. At this stage, the service is not being charged for, but it seems Microsoft will do so in the future.
I’m a long time user of hosted email services (and email in general), originally utilising hosted POP/IMAP until about 5 years ago, then hosted Exchange email from Intermedia and switching to Office 365 earlier this year. I only ever delete spam and advertising emails, keeping the rest. I used to archive periodically (every 6 months, last performed about 5 years – went to a near unlimited Intermedia plan) to PST so that I could remove historical email out of my mailbox to reduce size and stay within limits. As a result of all this, I’ve accrued a large number of PST files with a lot of email that I’ve wanted to consolidate and make searchable without having to attach them to Outlook or use 3rd party tools to open them.
With the Import Preview, I decided to test the tool out with my email archives. I have 30GB of PST files that I needed to import, this seemed like a good time to do it. [Read more…]