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Migrating from Hosted Exchange to IMAP

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I currently have a hosted exchange email account that is costing too much money every month. I only have one email account and do not need all of the perks that exchange offers so I have decided to change to an IMAP solution. Register.com is the email host and they set my mailbox up on their IMAP servers and have kept the hosted exchange account alive while I transfer all of the information from one account to the other. I now have both accounts on my Outlook 2007 mail client and have been having difficulty copying all of the folders from hosted exchange to IMAP. When I try to export a pst I get errors so I have been copying the contents of the inbox, sent items, etc. from one account to the other. Now I am trying to copy the calendar and contacts and am experiencing more difficulty. Is there best practice way to import all information from the hosted exchange account to the IMAP account, and what shortcomings should I expect? I am open to other solutions such as POP or upgrading Outlook to a newer version if that helps.
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IMAP doesn't actually support Contact and Calendar information. It's an email only protocol. Exchange and Google Mail are the only email systems that openly support a Contact management and Calendaring service. How much is hosted exchange costing you? For a single person you might want to look into Office 365's solution. You can get an Exchange only license for about 4 dollars a month and it will work the same as your existing hosted solution. They don't charge extra for using custom Domains, either.
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