“Apple has finally assembled a set of features for its hosted MobileMe service that makes it worth its subscription fee for the right user. As a critic of the service in the past, I find myself with naught but praise these days,” Glenn Fleishman reports for The Seattle Times.
“Apple’s hosted service has gone through three name changes and innumerable feature modifications over its lifetime, but now has a strong appeal to many iPhone or iPod touch owners, as well as those who have Macs at multiple locations,” Fleishman reports.
“MobileMe got off to a rough start when Mac was shifted to its new name, look, and feature set in mid-2008; it was so bad that Steve Jobs issued public apologies,” Fleishman reports. “It took months of improvements, but Apple hit its stride with its two key improvements: push-based synchronization, where changes made anywhere are pushed immediately to all other devices associated with an account; and rich Web applications for accessing data away from your own computer.”
Fleishman reports, “The feature I find myself using most on a Mac is Back to My Mac, which gives me remote access over the Internet among Macs under my control… Yes, this is the same tool to which I devoted a previous column complaining about how poorly it worked, despite its promise. That’s changed. Apple has definitely improved the ability to make and keep a connection.”
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