Converting MapInfo TAB and/or MIF to SHP using free tools or ArcGIS for Desktop core product?
How do I convert MapInfo TAB and/or MIF files to SHP using only free tools or ArcGIS itself?
I've not had much luck trying to do this in the past and I don't want to have to shell out for the ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension which seems to be the 'official' way to go about this.
Or you can export it as an MapInfo (.mif) file and open it in QGIS. Then you can do anything you wish. Long live opensource software... :)
You can also do this with QGIS. Basically, QGIS acts as a GUI for ogr2ogr.
Just load the Mapinfo file, right-click the layer in TOC and go to "Save as ..." where you can chose from many output formats.