Monday, July 7, 2008

Apple's MobileMe Debuts Wednesday 7-9-08

Apple is officially notifying its subscribers tonite via a side-note when they log-into their .Mac accounts that the .Mac website will be unavailable on Wednesday July 9, 2008 between 6pm-12am PDT to facilitate the transition of .Mac to the previously announced MobileMe service. The MobileMe service was announced during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) Keynote address in June. MobileMe will primarily provide Mac, Windows and iPhone users with a unique way to synch their devices over the air, provide push email to iPhone users similar to that of the Blackberry, and offer subscribers substantial online storage (20Gb) all for $99 per year. Buyers of the new 3G iPhone which launches Friday will be able to purchase their first year subscription for a discounted $69. MobileMe is being touted as a Microsoft (MS) Exchange server for consumer iPhone buyers who don't have access to an email account that is linked to an MS exchange server for push email. Here is the announcement:

MobileMe Launch
7/9/2008, 6pm-12am PT

As part of the MobileMe launch, will be taken offline at 6pm PT on Wednesday, July 9th.

Members will be unable to access or any .Mac services during this time with the exception of .Mac Mail accessed via a desktop application, iPhone, or iPod touch.

MobileMe will be available as soon as possible during this maintenance window.

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