Originally Posted by musictom
OK, at the risk of looking very noobish
, I'm going to ask a potentially stupid question as my first post.
I have never used .mac in the past .... didn't think it was worth it. However, I now have a Mac at home, a Mac at work, an iBook and an iPhone, and syncing all four of these units has proven to be quite cumbersome, if not impossible.
My question is, will the new mobileme handle email other than .mac and .me accounts? I pretty much use my personal and work email for everything, plus my gmail account, and really don't want to add another email address.
Will mobileme sync my comcast.net email, or does it only work with .me/.mac?? If it did, that would be amazing! If it doesn't, well, I guess I understand.
Hope this makes sense. Thanks,
Welcome to AI, Tom.
MobileMe only offers one email service and it only needs to offer these as all your other accounts are maintained by the mail servers that govern them. The beauty of .Mac/MobileMe is its other services. I've had it since 2004 and still don't use the .Mac email address for email.
It will keep all your Macs and iPhone's bookmarks in Safari, contacts in Address Book, and calenders in iCal synced. This means you can alter one of those items on any one of those devices and they all sync right away.
Email is just a simple addition to the Mail app. I use Gmail IMAP across my Macs and iPhone. They are all maintained by Gmail and have the same info. The other option you have with mail is having one account forwrd emails to the other. For instance, you can have Gmail forward your mail to your MobileMe account. But as stated, you don't have to use the email portion.
If you don't use the email, you can allocate more space to iDisk. This means that a file you drop onto your iDisk folder in FInder will be available in the iDisk folder of every Mac that you have your MobileMe account signed into. It's still resides on Apple's servers, but you have direct access to it.
One oft overlooked feature of .Mac is the storing of your user account preferences. That includes the items you see below. Other apps can use it to to save preferences. The ones not shown are Bookmarks, Calendars, Contacts and Dashboard Widgets. Except for the items that you are aware of, nothing else is auto-synced, but you can restore or create a user account on machine that is exactly like your other machine. Keychain is encrypted and would require your system password to access. This has become less useful with the inclusion of Time Machine in Leopard, but it's still nice to have, especially with multiple machines.