iCal partly crippled for users who don’t ante up for .Mac

“Apple’s .Mac services are an all-or-nothing proposition. Unlike Microsoft or Yahoo, Apple isn’t offering stripped-down services such as basic Web e-mail for free while trying to charge for enhanced services. When Macintosh users download and install Apple’s new iCal software, they’ll get a gorgeous-looking and feature-packed program for managing their schedules and to-do lists. Best of all, iCal is free. Well, make that mostly free. To get full use of the software, released last month, Mac-heads will have to pay Apple $100 a year. Yes, you read that right: Apple has essentially crippled part of the program for users who don’t ante up,” writes Julio Ojeda-Zapata in Thursday’s NewsFactor. Read the full story here.

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