The award for best summary of Apple’s new MobileMe service comes from David Pogue of the New York Times, who admits that .Mac was a “motley, unfocused service.”
MobileMe, however, has a much clearer mission that solves a much clearer problem. It’s meant to keep the e-mail, calendars, address books and Web bookmarks on all of your computers — Macs, Windows PCs, iPhones and iPod Touches — synchronized in real time.
Almost. There’s that 15 minute lag on your Mac or PC. Alright, so .Mac is history, MobileMe’s hiccups are diminished. David asks, “How is MobileMe now?”
Once everything’s ready, the magic is impressive. Make a change on your Mac, watch it appear on your iPhone and your PC. Add a new friend to the address book in Outlook Express on your Windows XP machine, and watch it appear in Windows Contacts on your Vista PC. Change an appointment in iCal on the kitchen Mac, and know that it will wirelessly sprout onto your traveling spouse’s iPhone four states away. And your Web bookmarks are the same everywhere.