EML is an acronym for ‘Email Message’ and is developed by Microsoft Corporation. By default, EML files can be opened in Outlook Express (came preinstalled with Windows XP OS). The EML file format follows a standard structure; it usually contains a header and the message body. Due to compliance with the standards for email, EML files can be used with various third-party applications, servers, and email clients.
By default, if you have installed Outlook 2010 or later your machine, EML files will open in Outlook. If you are unable to open it, you can make them open in Outlook by making it the default program.
Over the years, many people must have used various email clients such as Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, etc. which have now become obsolete. Hence many users are now migrating from these email clients to MS Outlook as it now offers many advanced features. Please note that the EML format uses email clients that are Windows OS based. Sometimes, with OS release, Microsoft keeps on changing the default email clients. For example, in earlier versions of Windows OS like XP, Outlook Express was the default email client, but in the later versions of Windows like Vista and 7, Outlook Express was replaced with Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail. All of these three email clients support different file formats; hence, it becomes essential to open EML files in MS Outlook.
Kernel for EML to PST Converter an automated tool to migrate Windows Live Mail files to Outlook PST file format without any error.
NB: You might encounter an error at this stage of an unsuccessful export. This can be solved by making the Outlook as a default program for opening mails.
The snippet below shows the User Interface of the tool.
In this tutorial, we have discussed ways to view/migrate EML files to Outlook 2019, 2016 and 2010. It is evident that the ad hoc techniques can open the EML files in Outlook but not recommended as they are unreliable, tedious, and time-consuming. A third-party tool like Kernel EML Viewer is recommended to view these EML files. It is a standalone tool, so there is no need to migrate these EML files to Outlook. This tool offers portability as you access your data using the EML viewer tool anywhere.