Following the limited roll out of iCloud.com last week, Apple has this weekend sent live MobileMe to iCloud migration for developers currently testing the service. Located at MobileMe.com/move, the online service allows anyone who holds a MobileMe account to move their Mail, Contacts, and Calendars over to iCloud.
You won’t, however, be able to take dashboard widgets, dock items, keychains, signatures, mail account rules, mail smart boxes, and mail preferences with you in your move to the iCloud.
Apple lets you take your Mail, Contacts, and Calendar information over to iCloud and also tells users that they can continue using iWeb, iDisk, and Photo Gallery up until June 30, 2012. Apple also tells users that the following will no longer be available: Dashboard widget sync, dock item sync, keychains, signatures, mail account rules, mail smart boxes, and mail preferences.
Currently, MobileMe to iCloud migration is only available to registered developers of Apple’s ADC who have both OS X 10.7.2 and iCloud Beta running on their system. Both of these requirements are available to download from Apple’s Mac Developer Center.
So, what does Apple intend to do with your beloved MobileMe account once it is migrated? – Well, whilst both iCloud and MobileMe are quite different, some aspects of the services will remain the same. You will, for example, be able to keep using Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks, Find My Phone, and Back to My Mac. iCloud will drop support for iWeb Publishing, Gallery and iDisk.
New additions to your MobileMe experience will include iTunes in the Cloud, automatic app and book downloads, iOS device backup and restore functionality, Photo Stream and the ability to store documents in the cloud.
Your MobileMe account will stay active at me.com until June 30, 2012. But, here’s what’s really interesting. If you thought your default MobileMe storage option of 20GB was going to be downgraded to Apple’s 5GB FREE plan, think again. Apple has taken the decision to move all existing MobileMe users to iCloud’s 20GB (worth $40/year) plan FREE of charge.
This means that once you migrate your me.com account over to iCloud.com, you’ll keep your 20GB storage and receive 5GB without charge, leaving you with 25GB of awesome to take advantage of iCloud with. Migration users will, however, be automatically billed at this iCloud storage tier on June 30th, 2012, although if you find you simply don’t need a 25GB chunk of the iCloud, you can always downgrade before this date arises.