MobileMe software available for download

Apple’s replacement service for .Mac, MobileMe, hasn’t officially launched yet, but the software to upgrade is on Apple’s servers.

The update replaces the old .Mac preference pane with a new MobileMe version.

MobileMe is a service that Apple describes as “Exchange for the rest of us.” The new iPhone-friendly service offers push e-mail, calendars, and contacts for users, keeping that information up-to-date whether they’re viewing it at a computer or an iPhone.

The Web-based MobileMe works with the iPhone’s mail, calendar, and contacts applications in addition to working with Mail, iCal, and Address book on the Mac and Outlook on the PC.

On the Web, MobileMe uses an AJAX interface so users will have a similar experience using online apps as they do with their desktop applications.

MobileMe will cost $99 per year and offers 20GB of storage. Current .Mac subscribers will be automatically upgraded.

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