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Apple's cloud storage service. Introduced in 2011 with 5GB of free storage, iCloud lets users disseminate content to all their devices via their Apple account (Apple ID). iCloud also includes a free e-mail account using @icloud.com or previous @me.com or @mac.com addresses.

Apps, settings, messages, contacts, calendars, iBooks, photos, movies and music can be shared on any Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch the user owns (content purchased from Apple does not count in any storage limit). In the event of hardware failure, iCloud can be used to restore content on the new or repaired device.

Find My iPhone; Find My Friends
Find My iPhone helps retrieve a lost device by pinpointing it on a map and sending it a "lost and found" message or locking it remotely. Find My Friends enables users to share their location with other Apple users.

Windows Compatibility
Contacts, calendars and tasks can be synchronized with Outlook on Windows PCs, and Safari bookmarks sync with Safari and Internet Explorer browsers. Photos are stored in a selected folder in the Windows machine.

iWork for iCloud Collaboration
Via a Web interface and the Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer browsers, iCloud enables collaborative editing of Numbers, Pages and Keynote documents between multiple users and Mac and iOS platforms. See iWork.

History: iTools/.Mac/MobileMe-->iCloud
Some iCloud functionality debuted as iTools in 2002. Free to Mac users, it was soon changed to a paid subscription. Later renamed .Mac (dot Mac), the name was changed again in 2008 to MobileMe. In 2011, MobileMe was superseded by iCloud along with iOS 5, a major update to Apple's mobile operating system, and MobileMe was extended to mid-2012 for existing subscribers. MobileMe's website hosting was discontinued in iCloud. See Photo Stream.
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Mac service and subsequently built, launched and expanded MobileMe, a highly visible, mass scale consumer service targeted toward users of Apple devices.
MacMate, the Mac-friendly cloud service launched in 2012 to replace Apple's MobileMe service, has recently launched its new free cloud disk service aimed squarely at the growing Apple and iPhone/iPad users.
For example, ten new business units were funded in 2006: smart healthcare payment systems, simplified business engines, real-time translation services, intelligent utility networks, 3D Internet, "Digital me" (similar to Apple's MobileMe which has been transferred to iCloud), branchless banking for the masses, integrated mass transit information system, electronic health record systems, and "Big green" innovations.
Fix-it," noting that he cleaned up and eventually killed MobileMe too.
The last time Apple released a truly substandard product - MobileMe, in 2008 - Jobs gathered the team into an auditorium, berated them mercilessly and then got rid of the team leader in front of everybody, according to Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs.
As an Apple user, MobileMe would have been a solution, but the company was in the process of closing down MobileMe and I didn't know for sure what would take its place, how much it would cost or how easily it would work.
com)-- With Apple's MobileMe services officially ending on June 30, 2012, Bluehost is offering video instructions on how to easily migrate MobileMe websites to their web hosting servers.
Aside from Dropbox, the app enables users to save and retrieve documents from additional online services, including SugarSync, Google Docs, Box, Evernote, Catch, Huddle, Egnyte and MobileMe.
Apple by no means was the first company to do this and even in the early 2000's they got it wrong with a service called Mobileme.
Kamel Mardini, chairman and CEO at Gateways Middle East Business Consultants has recently become an avid user of Dropbox, switching from the MobileME service.
Share photos through online sites such as Flickr, MobileMe and Photobucket.