I've got an unusual predicament in that I need to be able to open .msg
files from a Windows VMware Fusion instance within the Mac (host) environment.
On a proper Windows system, MS Outlook can open .msg (from Outlook on Windows) and .eml (from Outlook for Mac) perfectly; but on a Mac system, Outlook for Mac can ONLY open .eml files. To open .msg files using Outlook for Mac, you need 3rd party software or it cannot be done. Period. For this I'm using OutlookMsgViewer
The Fusion instance running Windows 7 has a Document Management System which stores all types of files - some of which are .msg files created by MS Outlook (on Windows).
If the .msg file is located on the Mac or in a location shared by the Mac (host) and Windows 7 (Fusion instance) and I open it by double-clicking it (on the Mac side), it opens using the 3rd party conversion program OutlookMsgViewer and then in Outlook for Mac perfectly.
Double-click the file while in the Document Management System (Windows application) or from the same shared location as mentioned above within
Windows 7 on the Fusion instance and the file tries to open with MS Outlook (the Windows version) on the Mac side (which doesn't exist and is impossible).
Other files stored in the Document Management System on the Windows 7 Fusion instance or in the shared location (.jpg, .docx, .pdf etc.) all open perfectly on the Mac side because the VMTools program (in Windows) tells the Mac which application to open the files with.
Back on the Mac, OutlookMsgViewer is already set as the default application to open files with the .msg extension, so I believe the problem lies with VMware Fusion...
While it can tell the Mac to open the Windows files, it cannot seem to do this based on file extension... I want the .msg files to open with OutlookMsgViewer (a Mac application) and NOT MS Outlook.
I hope this makes sense. I can add screenshots if needed.