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Apple announces MobileMe, offers push email, contacts, calendars

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, June 9, 2008
News Categories: Apple

Apple today announced MobileMe, a new internet service that delivers push email, contacts, and calendars to native applications on the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as Macs and PCs. The service, which replace’s Apple’s .Mac service, also provides desktop-like web applications including Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, as well as Gallery for viewing and sharing photos and iDisk for storing and exchanging documents online. MobileMe will be available on July 11, and includes 20GB of storage for $99 per year for individuals and $149 for a Family Pack, which includes one master account with 20GB of storage and four Family Member accounts with 5GB of storage each. A free, 60-day MobileMe trial will be offered as well, and current .Mac members will be automatically upgraded to MobileMe accounts.

“Think of MobileMe as ‘Exchange for the rest of us,’” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Now users who are not part of an enterprise that runs Exchange can get the same push email, push calendars and push contacts that the big guys get.”

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Comments

1

THIS feels like the Killer app… the M$ Exchange Killer app.

Posted by Bart Hanson on June 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM (PDT)

2

If only I could use my own domain name with the e-mail portion.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on June 9, 2008 at 6:27 PM (PDT)

3

I thought Zimbra was the Exchange killer…

Posted by aaron on June 9, 2008 at 7:33 PM (PDT)

4

This is HUGE for me. I support 3 Wintel desktops, a Wintel laptop, an iBook, a Touch, and 4 other iPods just in my household. Our work system is Notes, so I do a TON of double and triple entry to keep things in synch. I had been keeping one Wintel machine as the master and using Google calendar, but Me.com is so much more complete. Having the .mac users automatically upgraded is a great thing.

I also do remote tech support for my family in New York (iMac, Touch, and 2 pods). Just recently, my nephew and I had an extended email exchange about the best way to set up iCal so that his wife’s info would be easier to synch to her Touch. Me.com would solve his issues as well.

Posted by Aceon6 in New England, USA on June 10, 2008 at 5:52 AM (PDT)

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