Top Reasons of Migration From Thunderbird

October 24th, 2016 | Software

IBM Notes is amongst the top applications that provides collaborative services for organization-based tasks. Emailing being a major part of the application is always on the highlight despite the provision of other major services like, calendaring, database management, workflow management, document generation, and more. However, technology is unstoppable and comes up with an innovation every now and again. Thus, more and more emailing programs raised to fame giving users the option to choose any of them instead of sticking to the standard application used by most. Amongst these many applications, the top priorities of most users were the applications that supported Thunderbird files. Following is a segment discussing top reasons to migrate from Thunderbird based clients.

In comparison to Lotus Notes, MBOX based email clients are more versatile and flexible. The following section discusses the same in detail:

  • Versatile Repository
  • Notes Storage Facility or the NSF file is a proprietary of IBM Notes (previously, Lotus Notes). Therefore, it is completely dependent on the respective application. In fact, NSF is amongst the very few file types that cannot be read even via third party applications unless IBM Notes is not available for support. This is not the case with Thunderbird files as they are supported by more than 20 email platforms.

  • Flexible File Format
  • The Thunderbird file is an extremely flexible storage of collective messages. A Thunderbird file is plain text formatted which makes it readable even without the need of an email reader application. One can read the messages in an Thunderbird file using Notepad or even a standard text editor.

  • Less Maintenance
  • Most of the Thunderbird origin and supporting applications (email clients) are freeware. Therefore, a negligible amount of maintenance is required specifically for the application. On the other hand, IBM Notes requires excessive maintenance both for the client and server end.

Transforming Notes Database into Thunderbird File

There are plenty of reasons to choose Thunderbird based applications over IBM Notes. However, manually there is barely any method to convert the data from Notes application. Therefore, the need of a third party application arises in such a circumstance. Third party applications are capable enough to process and convert contents from a Notes database (selectively or in bulk) Into suitable file format which you want.


As far as user convenience is concerned, flexibility, independence, versatility and budget friendly maintenance is all what a user would look for. Therefore, in the comparison of both Notes and Thunderbird supported clients, the latter emerges as the winner. Best thing about an Thunderbird file is that it is neither application dependent nor Operating System dependent and can be accessed across platforms. Approaching the end, suggestion of a third party application is given for users willing to proceed with the conversion. Owing to the user-friendly operations, the software comes out to be one of top listed products this range. Thus, the top reasons to migrate from Lotus Notes to Thunderbird files can best be justified with the help of third party applications.