Open Outlook msg files on the Mac
We store .msg files in SharePoint document libraries and OneDrive, and to my surprise they would not open in Outlook 2016 for Mac.
If there is not a trick to make this work, it should definately be a feature!
Thank you for your feedback, we have reviewed this feature, unfortunately, we will not be implementing this feature as this does not align with our overall goals.
You can use the attach Outlook item option, or use drag and drop to attach the message in Windows Outlook or Mac. Doing this will ensure other clients can open the attached message.
Thank you for your continued participation in making Outlook for Mac better.
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Can't believe this has never been fixed after all these years!
Fabian Rennack commented
It's disgrace and ruining the workflow at my work.
Anjal Naik commented
Currently double-clicking on the email file opens a new mail with the file to be opened as attachment. No amount of playing around with the file will open it in any other way.
This is 2017. I should not require a separate program to open Outlook (or all other Microsoft format) email files when I already have Outlook for Mac.
Be able to open .msg file in Outlook
this feature will helped users to interact to windows users like opening an email.msg.
Outlook Mac should be able to open .msg files saved from Outlook Win users. We often receive message files that have been saved on the network as a reference file.
Arthur Zhmur commented
It's usual in enterprise environment that you have .msg files attached to the records in different systems. And currently there is no way to open them on macOS.
Joop Eerden commented
Outlook 2016 for Mac cannot open a .msg file!! Without additional software. Outlook 2016 for Windows can open a .eml saved from a Outlook 2016 for Mac.
Can you make both versions of Outlook (Windows and Mac) more compatible, by building in this feature in Outlook for Mac
Hermon Segovia commented
Please add as we are a large financial firm that attaches .msg files in ServiceNow. The .msg files will hold additional important info to complete the ticket. Adding this feature is a no brainer or is it too hard for the Mac programming team at MS.
Spencer Brown commented
Not sure why you would offer .msg compatibility for one OS and not another? My office uses Outlook and we often save files as .msg, but the Mac users are unable to open them. Seems like Microsoft would figure this out by now.
Amanda Walker commented
This is totally unbelievable this has not been resolved after YEARS of people asking for it. I support Windows and Macs in my workplace and use a Mac as my primary machine so I can keep my skills up. This sort of inaction to an Outlook issue is why Mac users hate MS so much!!!!!
Dennis Münzenmaier commented
Bought Office and cant open my stored Mails
I bought Office for Mac and I can't open my message files saved from Outlook for Mac?!? This is simply absurd and makes me hate Microsoft. Sure I can take a bunch of other steps or buy a third part program to do it easily, but Outlook is Microsoft's program!
One word. Ridiculous
Having the latest office on Mac and being not able to read Microsofts own Fileformat??? Thats insane!
Sid (Bhupinder Sidhu) commented
You can view using an app called "Msg Viewer Pro"
PLEASE FIX THIS! Very important, especially when you are trying to compete in a PC Working World. This feature is should've come standard.
Holy... moly. The "idea" that a Microsoft mail client should support it's own container format was proposed a year and a half ago, and it hasn't even been tagged? Forget actually implementing a core functionality of their mail client, Microsoft hasn't even addressed it yet. Meanwhile, Groups integration is on the way... Actually, poor example *Yammer* improvements are being developed, the sad sack of Office 365, but freakin' Outlook still can't open .msg files?
I like to threaten switching to Lotus Notes as a joke, but as time goes on the joke slowly gets more serious... That POS at least supports its own proprietary garbage.
This should be in the "must be done" list of Microsoft. it is not possible that beeing the same software the files cant be opened.
Stephen McClune commented
Get MailRaider for Mac to open Windows msg files.