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Monday, 01 February 2010 11:13

Upload old emails to Google Apps

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If you've adopted Google Apps, there's now a way to upload old emails currently stored on a Mac.

Google Email Uploader for Mac is designed to upload email messages from Mail, Eudora, Thunderbird and other clients that use or can produce mbox or Maildir files to a Google Apps mailbox.

It does not currently work with Gmail accounts, which is a significant shortcoming for many potential users.

The Uploader allows the selection of one, some or all of Mail's mailboxes, and of mbox and Maildir folders.

Mail properties (eg, unread or draft) are optionally preserved where possible.  Mailbox names can be used as Google Mail labels, and an additional label (by default, the date of uploading) can be added.

The idea of labelling with the upload date is to make it easier to roll back the upload if things go wrong.

Although there is no limitation on the number of messages that can be uploaded at a time, upload rates are throttled to one message per second after the first 500.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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