The following is an excerpt from DAVID POGUE | June 6, 2012 | nytimes.com |
In 2000, Steve Jobs had an epiphany: Apple controls both ends of the connection between the Mac and Apple’s Web site. As a result, he said, Apple should be able to create some pretty clever features to reward devoted Mac fans. The product of this brainstorm was iTools, a set of free services that included an e-mail account, a simple Web site-building tool (HomePage) and a virtual online “hard drive” (iDisk).
Over the years, Apple kept tinkering with the name, features and pricing of this service. In 2002, iTools became .Mac. In 2008, .Mac became MobileMe. In 2011, MobileMe became iCloud.
Actually, there was some overlap on this most recent transition. Today, the free iCloud service is up and running — and on June 30, MobileMe will shut down forever.
MobileMe’s most original feature was synchronization: wireless, automatic, seamless auto-updating of data among your gadgets. Your address book, calendars, e-mail, notes, Web bookmarks and other information were always up to date on all your machines (Macs, Windows PCs and iPhones/iPads/iPod Touches) — and always…….
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