The MobileMe changeover: Everything you need to know

The MobileMe changeover: Everything you need to know
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Apple’s switch from .Mac to MobileMe and all its new features is fast approaching. Read up on what the new service brings, what you need to do to prepare, and a few of the catches and .Mac features that Apple will retire.

Now that we know exactly when Apple will take .Mac out behind the woodshed and flip the switch on MobileMe, it’s time to make sure we have packed our bags properly for the move. After all, you don’t want to show up in Apple’s green new pastures to find out that you forgot all your bookmarks or you can’t use your .Mac MobileMe account to chat anymore. We have rounded up everything you need to know, including a few overlooked gotchas, about switching from .Mac to MobileMe.

The basics
Let’s start by getting some of the rudimentary stuff out of the way. These things may seem obvious to some of you in the audience, but you don’t want to be “that guy” who forgot something that even grandma nailed without a hitch.

If you currently have a .Mac account and sync information periodically, it’s a good idea to sync all your Macs before Wednesday evening at 6pm PT. The MobileMe upgrade and account changeover should go smoothly, but considering .Mac’s sketchy reliability in the past, there’s no sense in inviting trouble.

A potentially significant catch that some .Mac customers will need to factor into their plans is that support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther will be joining .Mac behind the aforementioned woodshed. Once MobileMe takes the throne, only Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher are supported, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is, of course, “strongly recommended to allow you to take full advantage of all that MobileMe has to offer.”

Last on the list of basics for MobileMe is to make sure you have a copy of the latest shipping version of Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, the only three browsers that MobileMe officially supports. It’s reasonable to assume that other browsers based on WebKit and Gecko (OmniWeb, Camino, and Flock to name just a few) may work at least decently with MobileMe’s web services, but you’ll likely run into the CYA “this browser don’t play well with our toys” disclaimer.

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(Via Infinite Loop)

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