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Hi I wanted to find the solution for this winmail.dat file issue. I did find the solution with downloading the software and open the saved winmail.dat file with it and it works good. But my employees want the permanant solution for this winmail.dat file. I requested them to send it in Plain Text instead of HTML but they can not tell this to each and every client to change this format. so i want the permanant solution from both recieving and sending side so that they dont have to go through the lenghty process of conversion.
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One solution (the one that Micro$oft likes to hear) is that you replace all your email client software with Outlook.  

The mischievous streak in me says that you should configure your mail server to detect the attachment winmail.dat and to send an Autorespond message to the Sender saying that winmail.dat attachments ain't welcome round these parts (or something more subtle), together with a link to give to the Sender's email administrator.  

Your mail server software could be the answer in fact.  If it has the capability, the mail server would be able (1) to detect winmail.dat, (2) store it to a folder, (3) run the decoder program on the file (4) put a link into the message pointing to the decoded attachment.  

There may be privacy issues that need to be thought through with this solution - the stored folder where the decoded attachments are stored needs to be private to the Recipient.
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Is it just me, or did you not put much information in your question? Is there a previous question or some history here that I don't know about?

Joe
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by:KingCobraa
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Which Email client are you using?
I use Thunderbird, with the "LookOut" Add-On which decodes winmail.dat automatically.
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Almost got it
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almost got it
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there's a nifty little website called www.winmaildat.com that is helpful with this...and yes, this is caused by the TENF encoding that exchange uses and they are not going to change it. You will have to adapt your end to accept and decode.
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