MobileMe Replaces .Mac, Adds IPhone-friendly Features

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Apple rebranded its .Mac online service Monday, adding syncing features aimed at iPhone and PC users in addition to the Mac.

Dubbed MobileMe, the new service offers push e-mail, calendars, and contacts for users, keeping that information up-to-date whether they're viewing it at a computer or an iPhone. The Web-based MobileMe works with the iPhone's mail, calendar, and contacts applications in addition to working with Mail, iCal, and Address book on the Mac and Outlook on the PC.

It's like having "Exchange for the rest of us," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing during his presentation of MobileMe at Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

MobileMe also offers online storage for photos, documents, and files.

Like .Mac, MobileMe will cost US$99 per year; it offers 20GB of storage. There will be a 60-day free trial available when the iPhone 2.0 software ships in early July. Current .Mac subscribers will be automatically upgraded to MobileMe.

We'll have more information on MobileMe to follow.

This story, "MobileMe Replaces .Mac, Adds IPhone-friendly Features" was originally published by Macworld.

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