Outlook is the most commonly used mailing platform out there owing to many a security enhancements and flexibility perks that it provides to the end user such as option to be used alongside exchange/share point server or as a standalone application. The Outlook is a powerful productivity suite that also boasts support for calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal etc in addition to its exceptional mail management capabilities.
Any IT veteran who has worked with Outlook over a period of time would recognize the file – OST or Offline storage table that is used by the Outlook in to maintain workflow even when offline. Essentially an OST file allows Outlook to save changes made when not connected to Exchange such as mail drafts, schedules etc and then later synchronize them with Exchange server when the connection to it is back online.
So basically what an OST file does is store a copy of your exchange mailbox locally so as to allow you to keep working when connection to exchange server is interrupted. The default location of OST files is “drive:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook”. However, there are certain inconveniences with OST file that make them far from ideal. First and foremost is that the contents of OST file are not directly viewable, they also cannot be transferred from one computer to another easily as they’re closely linked to the Outlook profile that they’re associated with.
Need for OST Viewer
OST files like any other database store are also susceptible to corruptions from various causes like sudden termination of Outlook process before allowing the thread to save its state, Outlook profile corruption , malicious software infection, system failure etc. Some of these could be unforeseen but nevertheless results OST file corruption that could lead to OST file becoming inaccessible by the Outlook. The OST file corruption will not only affect the information contained within but can also seriously affect functioning of outlook client sometimes even preventing its startup. This is where need for a ost viewer comes in.
A professional OST viewer like the one by EdbMails can help you view all the contents of OST file with ease. It doesn’t matter whether your OST file is encrypted or not or if it’s big or small as EdbMails free ost viewer can handle all. EdbMails is a forensic recovery utility that uses its advanced deep scanning methodologies to scan entire OST file even if its corrupt or inaccessible and recover every bit of information quickly and efficiently.
The highlights of EdbMails .ost viewer are as follows :
- The contents of OST are shown in an intuitive user interface that provides extensive options to sort them by mails, contacts, calendars, tasks etc.
- The tasks, journals,calendars and other OST components are recovered and shown fully.
- The contents of the original OST file as maintained as is.
- Attachments including in-line attachments along with images are also shown.
- Supports conversion of OST file to a more manageable Outlook PST in just few clicks,
- Direct migration of OST data to Office 365 and on-premise exchange server is also supported.
- Outlook need not be installed and running.
- Exchange server environment or log files not required for OST viewer.
- Supports exchange versions 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003.
- Supports Outlook editions from MS office 2016 2013, 2010 and 2007.
Why choose EdbMails OST file viewer?
Even if the above scenarios doesn’t convince you why an OST viewer is a necessary addition to any IT administrator’s toolkit one must consider the fact that Outlook has many a folders marked ‘Local’ that may not necessarily be synced with the exchange server, thus making it vital to view the OST contents or even back them up in the event of OST corruption using tools like EdbMails. With EdbMails outlook OST viewer, opening and viewing OST contents becomes as easy as making a few clicks and it also boasts a unique feature set that makes it a dependable utility to rely on for any or all outlook OST related issues.