Google Apps users who have years (or just a few months worth) of emails stored in Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird, now have a very simple way to upload those messages to a Google Apps mailbox (Gmail). Google just launched an open source desktop utility called Google Email Uploader that gets the job done. The best part is that the sent dates from all of your messages are kept in-tact and folders that you may have are converted to Gmail Labels. Not only is this utility for old email messages, it is also an uploader for all of your contacts.
Google describes the Email Uploader as:
The Google Email Uploader is a open source desktop utility for Microsoft Windows. It uploads email and contacts from desktop email programs (like Microsoft Outlook® ) into your Google Apps mailbox. It preserves information such as sent dates and sender/recipient data, as well as the folder structure used by email programs.
At this point there are a few downsides. The first is that it’s available only for Windows XP and Windows Vista. The second is that this is something that isn’t available for the regular Gmail users. Google says that you must have a Google Apps Premier, Education, or Partner version of Google Apps in order to use this, however some people are reporting that this only works for Google Apps Premier subscribers. Google Operating System writes that you’ll receive an error message if you’re not a Premier subscriber (this is the paid version of Google Apps) which says, “you are not authorized to use this feature.”
Above is a screenshot of what you’d see if you downloaded the utility and started the process of uploading old messages. If you have Google Apps either the Education or Partner version and you try this out, be sure to let us know if you received the error message. It’s supposed to work for all Google Apps users but it may not work out that way and Google may have some tweaking they need to do.
Thanks for the tip Trip!