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In OWA, how do I export an email?  In Outlook I just do a File -> Save As and I can export MSG file.

 

Use Case

I can then take that MSG file and attach it VSTS work items (or many other things).

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I am afraid that it is not possible.

Perhaps, @Vasil Michev knows the trick...

best response confirmed by Michael T. DePouw Spottedmahn (Contributor)
Solution

No tricks, sorry, not possible to export via OWA.

Bummer :loudly_crying_face:

 

I did find a UserVoice item for this: Saving & attaching emails on Office365

I guess an .eml file (i.e. the raw email) is no good…

In OWA, one can create a new email, drag an existing email onto it and it gets added as an attachment, then one can click the down-arrow on the attachment to Download, which creates a file called “eml”.

A .msg file is much more than an .eml though, right?

@Alan McFarlane 

Yes, A .MSG file is much more than an .EML one. In a short a MSG file is a Microsoft proprietary binary format dealing with MAPI objects then managed in Outlook while an EML file is encoded in an RFC text format human-readable. An standard .EML message transferred across the Internet becomes a proprietary MSG Outlook database item or standalone file when it reaches your local Outlook mailbox.

 

More details:

 - The .EML file format is a plaintext MIME (rfc822) file format for storing emails, e.g. used by Microsoft Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird. Instead, .MSG is a compound file binary format based on Microsoft’s Outlook MAPI.


 - As part of the messaging workflow, the .MSG file is formatted by the MDA (Mail Delivery Agent) from the basis of the EML-structured message: when an email comes in your provider's messaging system, the distant MTA (Mail Transfer Agent) sends it to your provider's MDA that will break down the email in a lot of different MAPI objects before storing it in your local mail store. Your Microsoft Outlook acts as a MRA/MUA (Message Retrieval/User Agent) and il will pick up and store the retrieved messaging items (messages, meetings, and so on) in its proprietary PST/OST database in a proprietary MAPI format.

 

Pretty good information here to understand how a standard EML-formatted message becomes proprietary MSG-formatted message when handled by Microsoft Outlook :

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16229591/difference-between-a-msg-file-and-a-eml-file

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_agent_(infrastructure)

 

I just tried that, since I'm tired of my saved messages disappearing after 2 years.  Create a new message, drag and drop the message I want to save into the new message.  Right click on the newly created attachment, choose download.  This is the goofiest thing ever.  Why couldn't I just right click on the message in my inbox, and actually pick a folder to download to?

 

@Michael T. DePouw Spottedmahn 

 

Hello, I am here to suggest you the best approach to export or save your Outlook MSG files into OWA without facing any difficulties. As a software expert, I recommend you to use any good professional software available in the market to save you MSG files. MSG Converter is one of the best software that can export your MSG data in OWA without affecting data structures. This tool has some advanced techniques that make your MSG saving effective and efficient. You can use this tool to migrate your MSG data with ease.

@Michael T. DePouw Spottedmahn 

 

Create a new message in a popup window. Drag the message that you want to save; to this new empty message. It will get attached as a msg file. You can then download it.

@ayansahaoracle 

 

You can download the most professional Cigati MSG Converter Tool to Export/Import Outlook MSG Files to Multiple Desktop / Cloud Web Apps.