In very simple terms, this is a service – not yet launched – that will let you synchronize documents, images and all manner of digital content between different devices via a centralized private location out there on the net.
In the cloud, to use the current term in vogue.
MobileMe also includes a suite of cloud-based applications – email, writing, calendar, presentations, etc – so you could do all your digital content creating online rather than use desktop software.
A bit like Google Apps, perhaps.
Apart from the apps, it looks quite a lot like Live Mesh from Microsoft.
I’ve been using the Live Mesh Tech Preview for the past few weeks as a means to synchronize my content between my various PCs.
For instance, I find it great for accessing files when I’m travelling when I don’t have a particular file on my laptop – I just grab it from the mesh. Much better than my old way of FTPing into my server, a hit and miss experience at best.
I’ve not yet used Live Mesh for much else – sharing and collaborative editing, for instance – but will get to that.
I’m quite happy with my Live Mesh experience so far, but I’d be quite keen to try out MobileMe once it’s available. Especially with a URL like me.com!
It just seems to me that it would probably be very easy to figure out and use. Just like a new iPhone.
Or am I just being sucked into a belief that everything Apple does these days has a Midas touch?
[Later] Dan York has an excellent post on MobileMe. What I get from Dan’s post is a better understanding of the cloud.