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Editors' Review

by   / September 08, 2014

Outlook MSG Viewer for Mac makes it possible for you to open otherwise incompatible Outlook MSG files on your Mac with no extra steps or conversions. All you have to do is install the program, and you'll immediately be able to access messages that just showed up as a jumbled mess previously.


Quick access: With this program in place, you can access MSG files quickly. It delivers on its promise of producing legible messages on your Mac from otherwise unreadable files.

Attachments and batches: This program will also convert original attachments to messages it opens, so you can see all of the information the sender included quickly. And it supports batch processing of files, so you don't have to go through and open each message individually.


Uninviting interface: This app's interface is not at all accessible to inexperienced users. It mostly consists of pop-up dialog windows containing technically-worded information with no explanation.

No help: The User Manual link in this program really just takes you to the app's sales page. Here you'll find all the information about what the app can do, but not how to use it once you have it installed. The FAQs page is more of the same, so your only real option for help is to email support. But there is nothing resembling a Quick Start Guide or anything like that.

Bottom Line

Outlook MSG Viewer does make it possible to view MSG files on your Mac. It could be easier to use, but it performs its stated function well. The trial version of the program includes a 20-second delay before opening each message, and you can remove this limitation with a purchase of $9.95.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Outlook MSG Viewer for Mac 2.1.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.98.3

  • Use timestamp from EML file when converting to MSG
  • Amended logic used to determine how to parse streams used for HTML vs. RTF vs. TXT
  • In rare cases, MSG with specific or missing encoding types would appear blank or missing content
  • QuickLook and thumbnail generation, particularly on macOS 10.14
  • Minimum macOS requirement raised to 10.9
  • Removed 32-bit binaries
  • Sparkle framework to 1.21.3 (non-App Store)
  • Save window position of application on subsequent launches
  • Support for decoding OLE objects stored in TNEF DAT files
  • Enabled macOS 10.14 hardened runtime (non-App Store)


Publisher Element26
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Release Date May 09, 2019
Date Added May 12, 2019
Version 3.98.3


Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Utilities

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
  • OS X Snow Leopard

Download Information

File Size 44.08MB
File Name


Total Downloads 125,685
Downloads Last Week 17


License Model Free to try
Limitations Limited functionality
Price $17.99
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