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."