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Apple Enables Addresses for and Users

by Adam C. Engst

Apple has sent email to iCloud users who have existing and email addresses, with the news that those of us with the old-style addresses can now receive email to the same user name at as well — apart from the domain name, there is no difference in how mail will be treated or received. The address is available to use immediately, and merely needs to be added appropriately [1] if you want to have it as your default Reply-to address:

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Apple says [7] that if you had a working email address as of 9 July 2008, kept your MobileMe account active, and moved to iCloud before 1 August 2012, you can use, or If you created an iCloud account before 19 September 2012 or moved an active MobileMe account to iCloud before 1 August 2012, you can use either or (but not And if you created an iCloud account on or after 19 September 2012, you’re stuck with only I can see why Apple would deprecate the domain after the demise of MobileMe, but it’s a little surprising that they aren’t letting new users use the domain, which would seem to be promoting Apple computers with every message.