migrate imapi email to pop Outlook 2011/ MAC

Changing from iMapi to pop3 Outlook 2011 on MAC's. Would like to keep the same folder structure they currently have. My understanding is exporting from MAC Outlook 2011 the data is pulled out in a different format and difficult to migrate back into Outlook with the same structure.

Ideally I would like to do it how Outlook on Windows migrate email into .pst and migrates back into Outlook in the same format.

Thank you
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WORKS2011Managed IT, Cyber Security, BackupAsked:
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rindiCommented:
As far as I know Outlook supports IMAP, so why change to pop? IMAP is superior to POP, and as the mails stay on the server anyway there is nothing you would have to import, at least if the settings are default.

One of the big disadvantages of pop is that you don't have a folder structure...

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WORKS2011Managed IT, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
As far as I know Outlook supports IMAP, so why change to pop?
it does support IMAP however I don't know anyone that enjoys how it works, seems to disconnect often which is the main problem. Feedback I get is once email comes in users enjoy a better experience with POP3 since they can manage better through the Outlook client.

IMAP is superior to POP
not sure I agree, 98% or more users I support do not enjoy using IMAP
                                                                       
...and as the mails stay on the server anyway there is nothing you would have to import, at least if the settings are default.
since this client doesn't have an in-house exchange server the network errors are why they want to move to pop3.                                                                                    

One of the big disadvantages of pop is that you don't have a folder structure...
this is not true, folder structure is capable in the Outlook client. Please clarify.

Appreciate the feedback.
rindiCommented:
With folder structure I mean that in pop you only have the inbox. The other folders that may exist on the server aren't brought to the client. You can create folders inside outlook, but those don't exist on the server.

You can always tell the client to also download the mail, even with IMAP, so there should be no problem at all if you loose the connection to the server.

I would never use pop if IMAP is available.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
With IMAP the folder structure is on the server.. if you go to pop3 then you have to create rules and create the folder structure yourself. You can't keep the same structure automatically  If you were to copy from the imap to the pop folders all newer messages will just sit in the inbox and not follow the folder structure and you may be downloading ALL of the messages which will create duplicates
WORKS2011Managed IT, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
Maybe I'm not being clear that my client chooses to use Outlook, moving forward please respond around the idea that imap vs pop3 using Outlook. With Outlook they want to use calendar etc. I understand imap format thank you for the feedback regarding the structure.
rindiCommented:
The Calendar has nothing to do with pop or IMAP. You would need a groupware server, like exchange, and then you wouldn't use either pop nor IMAP, but rather MAPI.
WORKS2011Managed IT, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
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I'll post elsewhere, thank you for the replies.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you are going to get a lot of objections.. Sometimes it can't be done is an acceptable answer
WORKS2011Managed IT, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
thanks
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