Apple to Discontinue .Mac HomePage and Groups

Apple today announced that two legacy tools associated with .Mac, HomePage and Groups, will no longer be offered as of July 7, 2009. The two services are not currently offered as part of MobileMe but were still accessible to former .Mac users whose accounts had been transitioned to MobileMe at its launch last year.

.Mac HomePage is a web hosting service that made its debut as part of Apple's iTools package in January 2000. The service was significantly upgraded when iTools was turned into a subscription-based service and renamed .Mac in 2002. Apple's landing page for HomePage currently displays a splash page announcing the discontinuation.

On July 7, 2009, we are retiring .Mac HomePage. Your published pages will remain live on the web for as long as you wish after this date, but you will not be able to edit or delete them using HomePage. If you want to make changes to your existing pages, please do so before July 7.

Going forward, we recommend MobileMe Gallery for online photo and movie sharing, and iWeb for custom websites and blogs. Please visit this FAQ for more information.

.Mac Groups is a service that allowed .Mac users to set up "a group page, email address, and iDisk space for clubs, teams, and other groups of people. Similar to HomePage, the Groups landing page is currently displaying a splash page regarding the discontinuation of the service.

On July 7, 2009, .Mac Groups will be discontinued. After this date, all Groups features, including group pages, group message boards, group email addresses, and the "Groups" iDisk folder will no longer be available.

Any files contained in the "Groups" iDisk folder will be moved on July 7 into a new folder titled "Groups Archive" where they will remain accessible by the group owner, as long as the group owner remains a MobileMe member. Please visit this FAQ for more information.

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