Apple told MobileMe customers on Tuesday that they could now keep their Mac.com and Me.com email accounts even after MobileMe shuts down in June of 2012. The company began sending out notices to MobileMe customers offering a path for keeping their email accounts working even if they don’t meet all the iCloud requirements.
MobileMe Message from Apple
“You can now retain your me.com or mac.com address and keep your email working after MobileMe ends, even if you don’t meet iCloud requirements,” the company said in an email.
MobileMe was a paid cloud-based service Apple offered for several years. It replaced Mac.com, which in turn replaced iTools. Apple announced in 2011 that it would be terminating MobileMe in June of 2012 and replacing it with a new free service called iCloud.
iCloud offers most of MobileMe’s services, and it’s free, but it requires Lion on the Mac and Windows 7 or Windows Vista SP 2 on the PC side. Not everyone can move to those operating systems, however, Tuesday’s announcement is good news for those wanting to keep their Mac.com or Me.com email accounts operating.
If you got Apple’s message (not all of TMO’s staff received it), you can click the “Keep My Email Working” link. You can also go to me.com/move/ directly. If you do, you will be greeted with this screen:
Ready to move to iCloud?
If you click the “Not all my devices meet requirements” button, you’ll be taken to the screen below. Follow the directions and you’ll be set up to keep your accounts working.
Terms of Service Window
If you click the “All my devices are compatible” button, you’ll be taken to a screen that allows you to migrate your existing Mac.com and Me.com accounts to iCloud:
Moving to iCloud
Follow the instructions, and you’ll be moved to iCloud.