Apple on Tuesday rolled out a version of its
.Mac Internet services for the education market. While the services for the education market are the same as the consumer version introduced in July, schools will be able to purchase the services at a reduced cost.
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.Mac for education will include iDisk, HomePage and e-mail as well as Virex and the backup utility, all of which are included in the consumer version of the services. Education customers can purchase .Mac accounts for US$59 per account, although a minimum of 10 subscriptions are required to take advantage of the discounted prices. Apple also has a provision to allow schools to pay with a purchase order.
The cheaper price for the .Mac services brings with it reduced storage space for the email and iDisk portion of the accounts. A standard consumer .Mac account includes 15MB of email storage and 100MB of iDisk space, both of which are upgradeable.
The education version of the standard .Mac account includes 10MB of email storage and 50MB of iDisk space.
extended its sign-up deadline for .Mac accounts until Oct. 14, 2002. Existing iTools users in the education market must also activate their accounts by this date in order to ensure uninterrupted service.
Apple announced that 180,000 users had signed up to the .Mac service, gaining 80,000 members in two weeks since they first released figures.