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Hi all,

 

I've tried to solve this problem here before, unforunately without success but I think I have a potential way ahead and would appreciate some help on putting it together.

 

The root of the problem is that I have a Microsoft 365 monthly subscription that is not being used anywhere near to its full extent and so in these cost conscious times, I want to get rid of it.

 

The only thing I really want to keep is my emails (past and future), which pass through my own domain name.

 

It was suggested here that I could switch to Thunderbird, which I installed but unfortunately, I discovered that my emails are managed by the Microsoft 365 Office Exchange, which doesn't support open protocols and so Thunderbird can't access my emails. It is possible with an add on called owl but this is also a subscription service and I don't know if the emails will still be in the Microsoft system if I terminate the 365 subscription.

 

Consequently, I think the thing to do is switch my protocol to either IMAP or POP3.

 

Does anyone here know if this is possible and, if so, is it difficult? Would I be able to import all of my past emails into the new protocol?

 

TIA

 

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Hi,

 

Is your domain hosted on Office 365?

 

if it is you need to move the domain to another hosting before replacing Office 365!


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Hi SD,

 

Yes, it's hosted on Office 365 and I can see now, having read this:

 

https://www.alphr.co...p-email-domain/

 

that I need to find another host. Would you have any recommendations for a host?

 

Is the switching process relatively straightforward or would I be better off paying an expert to do it?

 

I think I'll also need to get access to the domain control panel - does ths usually require particular software or is it all via an internet browser.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

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Hi,

 

Sorry I don't have knowledge on that area, I think the country where you live may be important to select a company for the hosting.

 

When selecting the hosting service eventually you can get also some support to do the switch.

 

I think if you access Office 365 if the account used have admin access you will see and admin icon and inside options to access the admin control panel for the different services you have access.

 

Do you have only one e-mail account associated with the domain?


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Hi,

 

I live in the UK, would you be able to suggest a suitable host? Am I right in thinking that it's possible to transfer the hosting to gmail?

 

I have two email accounts plus one 'info' address associated with the domain.

 

Regards

 

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