How to migrate to Hotmail or Gmail

How to migrate to Hotmail or Gmail

Summary: At the end of a job, or after leaving university, your email may not automatically follow you on your next endeavour, but it is possible to ensure they are migrated to another provider.


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  • (Credit: Zack Whittaker/ZDNet US)

    In this guide, we will download and re-upload your old email to Hotmail or Gmail. We will also set up rules to make sure that any incoming email to your email address is forwarded to your new email account.

  • (Screenshot by Zack Whittaker/ZDNet US)

    Crucial step: download Outlook 2010

    What is crucial is to install Outlook 2010. You can, however, perform much of this guide on Linux or Mac OS X using Mozilla's Thunderbird or iMail. The vast majority of people are Windows users; if you would rather — find a Windows machine on campus, or use a friend's machine.

  • (Screenshot by Zack Whittaker/ZDNet US)

    Crucial step: download Outlook 2010

    Simply download Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 (which includes Outlook) from the trial site. You may need to enter a Windows Live ID and jump through a couple of other hoops, but you will eventually land yourself a trial licence key and a download link.

    You should also receive an email with this information, to the account that you logged in with.

    If you already have Outlook 2010 installed on your machine, then great — you are set to go. If you already have Office 2010 installed, then don't worry. We will only be installing Outlook 2010, and not the full suite, so it is easy to uninstall afterwards.

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