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Apple Enables icloud.com Addresses for me.com and mac.com Users

by Adam C. Engst

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

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

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