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Apple lays out MobileMe transition, iCloud web apps coming this fall

Apple lays out MobileMe transition, iCloud web apps coming this fall

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Looks like iCloud is getting a web portal, after all. Despite what we heard directly from Apple PR earlier this month, Apple's recently-published MobileMe transition FAQ explains that "web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Find My iPhone will be available at this fall." There aren't any further details on those services, but given Apple's apparent disdain of MobileMe and reluctance to show anything of these web apps in its keynote, we're guessing the services are in for a pretty big overhaul. The FAQ page also explains that those who had an active MobileMe account as of June 6th, 2011 saw a free extension of services through June 30th, 2012. Some key points:

  • If you have or email addresses you'll be able to move it over to iCloud once the service becomes available, along with associated mail, contacts, calendars and bookmarks.
  • MobileMe Gallery? MobileMe iDisk? They're going to be deleted, so take Apple's advice and save those files locally before June 30th, 2012.
  • iWeb publishing is going away as well on that date, so Apple has helpfully provided instructions for moving from iWeb hosting to your own host using FTP.
  • Syncing of Mac Dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items, and System Preferences won't be making the transition and will go away after you move to iCloud or after the June 30th cutoff — "whichever comes first."
  • A prorated refund is available for those wishing to cancel MobileMe early, or for those who have an unactivated copy.

Apple has also released its WWDC developer session videos today, including the iCloud API, and one video apparently makes mention of URL access to documents for user sharing — another sign that Apple hasn't completely forgotten the web in its pursuit of the cloud.

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