I’d be surprised if you didn’t hear anything about Apple’s WWDC that occurred on Monday. The main news being that there’s a 3G iPhone and a service called MobileMe.
MobileMe is Apple’s new online service. The way Apple describes it, MobileMe is suppose to help make it easy to access some of your stuff from your desktop (PC or Mac), from a web browser, and from your iPhone. It’s not ready yet, but it will be hosted on the me.com site. Based on the screenshots, MobileMe seems to be really pretty and simple.
I must say, even though this is Apple’s first attempt at online service, the screenshots really show more of a smooth interface and feel than what Windows Live has ever accomplished. I mean look at Windows Live. It’s a mess compared to MobileMe. Some services look completely different, others have quickly died, Live Search uses a different UI theme, MSN has it’s own jumble of properties, and a lot of confusion. Apple seems to have their service mostly right with the way MobileMe is set up.
However, I must say that MobileMe is nothing but a blatant overpriced service, that you could already get from Windows Live, Google, and Yahoo! for FREE. Albeit, with advertising and some limitation, but it’s free and does exactly the same thing. Case in point:
- Storage – Live SkyDrive and AOL Xdrive does 5GB for free.
- Mail – The interface looks VERY much like Yahoo! Mail’s web interface. (There is Quick Reply though, and it’s nice quick way to respond back to an e-mail with just a simple message thread)
- Address Book – I already love the way Live Contacts is set-up (same way that Yahoo! copied it)
- Calendar – Same as Google Calendar (though I must add it seems like a blast to use and has extra features)
- Gallery – Can you say Flickr? Or even Live Spaces’s user photo section? (again, I must say that album set-up and viewing are very neat and simple)
- iDisk – Sounds a lot like SkyDrive (which does both storage + share)
So is $99 really that justifiable enough to pay for all this you can get for free? There’s no advertisements and the services are completely integrated, but Microsoft and Yahoo! (Google mobile is kinda meh) have already offered these services as well as access them on a mobile phone for free. Also, me.com sounds rather self-centric (which isn’t surprising considering Apple’s target audience).
I say that MobileMe is a rip off. Also, if you’d note, the MobileMe logo has a rather very similar "me" as the one in the Windows ME logo.
Quite a coincidence, no? Too me, MobileMe is just a rip-off. Just a copycat of Microsoft Exchange. Might be great for just a regular loser (I mean user), but not as great as Microsoft Exchange. Maybe the "me" in the logo really stands for Microsoft Exchange. Heh.
Also, take a look between MobileMe’s Gallery service compared with Windows Live for TV’s picture gallery:
What a copycat! Apple’s been really copying lately it seems.
It’s just typical Apple gloss and shine with an overpriced fee. I also thought that .Mac at least sounded cooler than MobileMe.
Here’s a link to the guided tour if you’re interested (need lousy Quicktime and it’s almost 10 minutes) : http://www.apple.com/mobileme/guidedtour/
I will admit that Apple does a good job on describing their service in the video, compared to the crappy way MS does it with their Windows Live stuff. Plus the photos are way more appealing and fresh, and the person seems to actually speak well (no noticeable mess-ups). It’s really smooth.
Also Apple’s Keynotes are always interesting to watch. Why? Because the presentation slides are rich with shiny graphics, to-the-point statements, and smooth demos. Microsoft keynotes are noticeably a bore. Microsoft could take notes on a more engaging keynote.
Hopefully, this will get Microsoft, Yahoo!, and even Google scurrying to deliver better online services. Especially MS.