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Most of my colleagues use Outlook on Windows and I need to access emails stored in .msg format (don't ask, it's complicated).

My understanding is that .msg is an Outlook file format, but Outlook 2011 on Mac can't open them. When I right-click on the file and ask to open with Outlook, it creates an email with the .msg file as an attachment. Using various dragging and trying to open with the file menu also don't help.

Any ideas on how to open these on Mac? Preferably without having to install additional software.

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when you say msg in outlook file format. Are you talking about a file the ends in pst, ost or something to that extent? –  Chillie Jan 12 '12 at 19:34
    
@Chillie, A file that ends in msg. See the link I added to the question. –  Jeff Jan 12 '12 at 20:07

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I'm sorry to say, currently msg file can't be opened using Outlook 2011. I have found the only way is one of three things:

  1. Get them in a pst file ( which might not work for you, cause you are getting them as a msg from a reason)

  2. Install windows and Outlook on your Mac through Boot Camp (seems like to much just to view emails)

  3. Try Klammer it will let you open them, and on their site is says open in outlook.

I think your best bet might be number 3.

resources:

Can saved Outlook email and contacts (in .msg format) be converted and then imported?

Microsoft Office 2008 - Entourage and .msg files

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Thanks! Crazy that MS doesn't support its own file formats. –  Jeff Jan 12 '12 at 21:38

The Outlook MSG Viewer software works great for Mac! http://www.element26.net/products/shop/outlook-msg-viewer/

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MailRaider by Pascal Harris seems to work well with my initial use and, best of all, it's free:

Are you a Switcher? Have you got old e-mails archived somewhere? Have you ever wished that your Mac could read your old Microsoft™ Outlook .msg files? If so, MailRaider could be just what you need. Try it. And let me know how you get on.

I've tested it with simple .msg files and ones with attachments and it seems to work very well.

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