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iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality

While Apple's iCloud introduction at WWDC offered a lot of new information, Apple has been quiet as to exactly what this means to the future of MobileMe's web apps such as email and calendar. In fact, it took a Steve Jobs email to find out the fate of Apple's iWeb hosting services.

Today, ThisisMyNext posted a somewhat controversial clarification they received from Apple PR indicating that MobileMe's web apps will no longer be maintained come June 30th, 2012.
Let's be clear about what happens when iCloud goes live -- according to what was described on stage at the event, and what I've confirmed with Apple PR —--the service will effectively replace the current web offerings of MobileMe. That means that when the cutoff date of June 30, 2012 comes around for users, the web-based email client, calendar, contacts app, and other components of the web suite will cease to exist.
But it seems that isn't the entire story. Apple has already started mirroring at least some of the existing MobileMe functionality on iCloud.com as well.

One reader was able to send themselves a Calendar invitation in iOS 5 and found themselves linked to the iCloud.com domain. The invite (pictured below) is visually identical to current MobileMe invitations but carries the iCloud branding and is hosted on the iCloud.com domain:


Following this iCloud link shows an iCloud based error page in the same theme.

So, Apple does appear to be working on the web support interface for iCloud but isn't ready yet to talk about it, and at least some of the functionality appears to be based on the existing MobileMe codebase.

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43 months ago
I never, for a second, thought that there *wouldn't* be a web-based e-mail app for @me.com addresses. Didn't even cross my mind.
Rating: 7 Votes
43 months ago
Wait.
Who the heck is Sam Gabbay?
Rating: 4 Votes
43 months ago
That was to be expected, webmail, contacts and calendar online is a MUST today if they want to keep up with th competition.

Maybe they will even offer photogaleries, blogs withn the 5GB server space each user has.

And i still hope for mx dns records, i'd pay good cash for those.
Rating: 3 Votes
43 months ago

Get DropBox, it's as simple to share files, and it works better than iDisk AND it works on any Windows machines you use, too.


Dropbox works better than iDisk, agreed. But minor correction: iDisk works with Windows. You can mount it like any other drive. It's just WebDAV.
Rating: 3 Votes
43 months ago
I said before that I don't accept the rumor of Apple doing away with all mobileme features.

Gallery for instance is very integrated into iOS devices including the AppleTV. It is a selling point for imovie too (especially on iOS devices).

And as for storage space for a web site and idisk, will it really overwhelm the new icloud facility to continue offering every user 20GB of space for this? I mean what is 20GB on top of an entire music and video library?
Rating: 2 Votes
43 months ago
all of my personal emails are from mobile me/dot mac. Switching all my emails i get from stores, banks, people etc is going to be a pain in the butt (which is why i always renewed my dot me/mobile me account) I would like to know what is going on with the mail part.

I also like idisk. I could easily send larges file to work if the FTP wasn't working for some reason. It was so simple.
Rating: 2 Votes
43 months ago

This. What happens to mobileme email accounts?


MobileMe Mail will work as normal in iCloud. You can use you @me.com address or open a new free @me.com one.
Rating: 2 Votes
43 months ago

I would like to know what is going on with the mail part.


This. What happens to mobileme email accounts?
Rating: 2 Votes
43 months ago

all of my personal emails are from mobile me/dot mac. Switching all my emails i get from stores, banks, people etc is going to be a pain in the butt (which is why i always renewed my dot me/mobile me account) I would like to know what is going on with the mail part.

I also like idisk. I could easily send larges file to work if the FTP wasn't working for some reason. It was so simple.


Current iCloud beta does indicate that it'll be possible to migrate any existing MobileMe accounts to iCloud. You'll be able to use your .me/.mac emails forever for free.
Rating: 2 Votes
43 months ago

Guys, what's the confusion? Seriously.



Those of you confused about mail, Apple has already said it's being moved to the new service.

Source (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4597)


1) People are unsure if services they rely on such as iDisk and Gallery will be continued beyond the end of June next year. Apple has been largely silent on this.

2) Many people (including myself) use a shared iTunes ID (which also happens to be my mobile me email address) in order to share iTunes content, but we have SEPARATE syncing of email, cals etc to our Macs and our iOS devices through distinct mobile me addresses purchased via a Family Pack. It is not at all clear whether under iOS 5/Lion/iCloud people will continue to be able to do this - in fact, it looks like email and itunes account IDs become unified under a single iCloud ID. In effect, a single sign on for syncing mail, cals, bookmarks, songs, video, apps etc.

Of course mobile me addresses will be converted and continue to work - but the ability to maintain a separate identity for email and for iTunes is far from certain.
Rating: 1 Votes

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