When I logged onto Mac.com this morning, I noticed this message:

“As part of the MobileMe launch, www.mac.com will be taken offline at 6pm PT on Wednesday, July 9th.

Members will be unable to access www.mac.com or any .Mac services during this time with the exception of .Mac Mail accessed via a desktop application, iPhone, or iPod touch.

MobileMe will be available as soon as possible during this maintenance window.”

.Mac Bookmarks have already been disabled.

This also means July 9th is your very last day to send an free Apple iCard. iCards were intorduced in 2000 as part of iTools, which itself morphed into .Mac in 2002.

It’s important to note that .Mac email should continue to work through the transition to MobileMe. Apple says

“Your mac.com email will continue to work as it always has. But your account will also be given a new email address @me.com.
Even if you do nothing, email sent to either address will still arrive in your inbox and you can send email from either address in MobileMe Mail on the web. However, in order to send email from your me.com address in your email client (e.g. the Mail application on your Mac), you will need to set up your me.com account in Mail preferences.

You may also use either address as your Apple ID for purchases on the Apple Store or iTunes—they are automatically linked. However, they will work separately as an iChat ID.”

You can read Small Dog’s take on the transiton to MobileMe for .Mac members here:

http://blog.smalldog.com/article/1181/what-mobileme-means-for-current-mac-users

As well as a MobileMe FAQ here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1932

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