We are now just over one month away from the official shut down of Apple’s MobileMe service. For those of you who have already migrated to iCloud, then this article does not concern you.
However for those that have not migrated and still want to keep the @me.com or @mac.com address, you can now do that! According to a posting made by Apple earlier this month, MobileMe users who have not migrated to iCloud may keep their email address and Calendars after the MobileMe service is shut down on June 30, 2012.
According to Apple:
What if I just want to keep using my email on all my devices?
As of May 1, you can choose to keep using your mail after MobileMe ends, even on devices that don’t meet the iCloud system requirements. Just go to me.com/move and select the option to keep using your email after MobileMe ends. Once you have completed this short process, your mail will continue to work on devices that don’t meet the iCloud requirements after MobileMe ends on June 30th, 2012.
One of the reasons for this sudden change is that when Apple introduced the MobileMe to iCloud migration process, users had to meet specific system requirements. For example, Mac users required a Mac running OS X Lion 10.7 or later and PC users required Windows 7 or Vista. Users with older hardware were out of luck unless they upgraded.
So if you’re someone who wants to keep the MobileMe email address and not migrate to iCloud, visit www.me.com/move and follow the on-screen process to transition your MobileMe email and calendars. Note that the other MobileMe services will not transition, such as iDisk and Gallery; those will still disappear next month. After you do this, your email and calendars are accessible via the web at www.icloud.com. If you choose to eventually upgrade your hardware to be iCloud-compatible, then you can access the remaining iCloud features at that time.
Overall, this process is primarily for those users who have older hardware that do not meet the iCloud requirements. For everyone else who has met the iCloud requirements, or has already migrated, none of this affects you.