updated 12:25 am EDT, Tue July 8, 2008
dotMac down MobileMe up
Apple has officially announced its launch of MobileMe - the service it intends to replace its platform-specific .Mac - by setting the launch date at midnight July 10th (Pacific), following a short downtime from 6PM PT the preceding day, July 9th. The note, posted in the .Mac service bulletin, informs users that while the update will cause users to lose access to almost all operations, they will be able to access their email through a desktop application, or an iPhone/iPod touch.
MobileMe is set to help Apple appeal to a wider audience with its online services, and couple them with enterprise-level features, such as Push syncing, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 support.
While users will gain several new features, Apple will kill several of the .Mac suite's less-popular options, such as iCards, and Web Bookmarks.