Apple Lets MobileMe Users Keep Mac.com & Me.com E-mail

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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

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?

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

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

Moving to iCloud

Follow the instructions, and you’ll be moved to iCloud.

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Comments

Lancashire-Witch

What!  I got a new iPhone and upgraded my iMac to Lion (complete with all the aggravations) on the strength that MobileMe would be dead in the water come June. I would have been happy to have MM continue to sync my mail and keep my Contacts & Calendar in sync with iTunes. —-  or am I missing something and have it all wrong ....... again? 

A few weeks ago I was just about to ditch iWeb and buy Sandvox and look for a hosting site when “Journals” was announced - so I bought an iPad 2 instead on the assumption that I wouldn’t be able to create “Journals” with iPhoto on my iMac.

R

What!? I got a new iPhone and upgraded my iMac to Lion (complete with all the aggravations) on the strength that MobileMe would be dead in the water come June. I would have been happy to have MM continue to sync my mail and keep my Contacts & Calendar in sync with iTunes.

MobileMe is still ending. The mail will move to iCloud when MobileMe ends on June 30th. when you choose the option to move the address. If those who have not upgraded to Lion still won’t be able to sync.

jpfreeman

I’m not sure what this means for me. I have already migrated to iCloud. Do I have to do something further to keep my .mac e-mail address?

KitsuneStudios

It sounds like Apple is just officially announcing what others have already figured out: the iCloud web app works on pretty much any HTML 5 browser.

It’s still not “Supported” (I.e. 10.6 will not have iCloud integration, Mail and iCal require a kludge to access the iCloud mailbox and calendar sync), but you can keep the e-mail and calendar active until you upgrade to something that is.

Anyone who already migrated won’t have to do anything new.

furbies

I got the same email today and clicked on click the ?Keep My Email Working? link.

Then I was presented with the EULA and the button on the bottom of the page that said “move to iCloud”

I would have liked to get a page explaining JUST WTF was going to happen before clicking on a button called “move to iCloud” Cause that sounds ominous!

Stupid Apple. Really stupid!

MikeM

What if you click “Not all my devices meet the requirements” and then after June 30th (say when the new MacBook Pros come out) you upgrade and they do now meet the requirement.  Can you switch/upgrade to the full service?
Does anyone know?

furbies

What if you click ?Not all my devices meet the requirements?

That’s where Apple has really dropped the ball/scored an own goal.

Apple hasn’t really explained what’s what with the migration to iCloud.

Bad Apple! Bad!

kevinlane

Dear Apple,

Wouldn’t it have soooo much easier to just have enabled Snow Leopard to fully work with iCould?

There’s still time . . .

furbies

Dear Apple,

Wouldn?t it have soooo much easier to just have enabled Snow Leopard to fully work with iCould?

There?s still time . . .

Don’t we wish!

Too bloody late for me, I just bit the bullet this very day and upgraded my Mac Pro to test out Lion on my setup.

I haven’t upgraded to iCloud yet in case I do have to roll back to SL…

Lancashire-Witch

Obviously I don’t get it.  (Thanks ‘R’ - my sloppy statement. I realise MM will end in June)

” 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.”

Does “keep your email working” mean it will sync between devices and computers that are not compatible?  If not, what does “working” mean?

KitsuneStudios

Does ?keep your email working? mean it will sync between devices and computers that are not compatible?? If not, what does ?working? mean?

If you have mac.com or MobileMe e-mail, and you have NOT upgraded to iCloud yet, then on June 30, those e-mail accounts will disappear: All messages on the server gone, no way to access it.

If you do not have a compatible system and you swap over now, then you can continue to send and receive mail with the web interface until you get a compatible OS or device. It will not sync to your computer UNLESS you enter the settings manually following these instructions It’s not supported, but it works.

If you have a supported system, then Mail will set up your iCloud account automatically when you give it the linked AppleID.

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