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Apple set to shut down .Mac HomePage app

updated 09:25 pm EDT, Thu April 9, 2009

Apple shutters HomePage

Apple has announced that it will shut down its .Mac HomePage app and Groups as of July 7th. Users will no longer be able to create new pages or edit existing pages using the web-based tools, although content that is already published will remain at the current address until the customer's subscription expires. The company recommends that any changes should be made before the the service is terminated.

As an alternative to HomePage, Apple suggests using the sharing features offered as part of the MobileMe service. The MobileMe Gallery can be used to share images from iPhoto or www.me.com, while iWeb can be used to create websites and other content.

The announcement affects the .Mac Groups to a higher degree, as the features will be completely removed after the deadline. The group e-mail address, group HomePage, message board and iDisk Groups will all be moved to a folder called "Groups Archive."

Although iWeb and MobileMe provide a number of capabilities beyond what HomePage offers, the transition lacks a substantial alternative to the Groups functionality. It is unclear if the company is eliminating the feature due to lack of interest.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause," the notification message read. "And thank you for being a MobileMe member."




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  1. serato

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    more and more

    Homepage, groups, icards. What next???

  1. TRRosen

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    who cares

    iWeb has shipped with every Mac for the last 3 years I doubt anyone is still using the online app. And no one ever used groups.

    Its important to note only the app is going away not the homepage service.

  1. lklarson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    I hate learning new stuff

    Not really, but I do miss iCards. In a world of horribly cute online greeting cards, they were elegant!

  1. G2G2

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    S.O.P.

    Just one more thing to dust under the carpet. Reminds me of .Mac, Your FREE Internet Address, FOR LIFE!!

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Well they have added

    some things like Back to my Mac and if you look at screenshots of iPhone OS 3, they show a "Find my phone" option for mobileme coming soon.So, if they keep adding useful things like that, I guess it is getting better.

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