Apple's new MobileMe Calendar goes live for all subscribers

Apple's new MobileMe Calendar is now out of beta and has been made available to all members. The new MobileMe Calendar service is an updated calendar service for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

It includes a calendar service for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, calendar sharing with family and friends, calendar publishing for a group or team, event invitations with RSVP and has a brand new web application. To start using the new calendar you need to sign in to me.com/calendar, click "Upgrade now" in the lower left corner of the Calendar web application, and follow the instructions. If you have already been using the Calendar beta, you don't need to do anything.

The best calendar service for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

The new MobileMe Calendar works great with the built-in calendar app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch by always keeping it in sync with your Mac or PC. New events or changes are automatically pushed to your iOS 4 devices so your calendar stays up to date. If you schedule a meeting on your device, that's pushed everywhere too.

Share calendars with family and friends

You can easily share your calendars with one or more MobileMe members to keep everyone on the same page. For example, create a shared calendar called "Family" for weekend activities. You can allow the person you're sharing a calendar with to edit events, and you can set up email notifications to tell you when they make a change.

Publish a calendar for a group or team

The new MobileMe Calendar lets you share a read-only public calendar, perfect for publishing an events calendar such as a soccer team schedule. After setting it up, you can send the team members a link to view the calendar on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

Event invitations with RSVPs

You can also invite guests to an event from MobileMe Calendar. Just add their email address to the event (they don't have to be a MobileMe member) and your guests will get an invitation email they can respond to directly by clicking a link. Your event then automatically updates, making it easy to track RSVPs right in your calendar.

New web application

MobileMe Calendar includes a new web application at me.com with great-looking calendar views. You'll find redesigned day, week, and month views, as well as a new list view to make scanning your events easier. The new web application works best with Safari 5, Firefox 3.6, and Internet Explorer 8.

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If you're a company, you'd better subscribe to Microsoft Exchange Online, $5/mailbox/month, with a very good iPhone compatibility, the Outlook desktop client, and a beautiful webmail

But I gave it a try, and the MobileMe web apps are really cool.

So, it's been upgraded to have the same featureset that Google Calendar launched with? I use my Google Calendar with my iPhone and I use the Google app for it because even that is better than the built-in Apple apps.

metal_dragen said,
So, it's been upgraded to have the same featureset that Google Calendar launched with? I use my Google Calendar with my iPhone and I use the Google app for it because even that is better than the built-in Apple apps.
I tried switching to Google Calendar, but it doesn't work nearly as smoothly as MobileMe's calendars when you're using CalDAV clients (like iCal) to connect. Same goes with Gmail vs. MobileMe mail: when you're trying to use a desktop IMAP client, Gmail really doesn't work as well. It's not totally its fault (Gmail's paradigm doesn't exactly fit perfectly into IMAP), but it's still a consideration.

StandingInAlley said,
Never will be free. Its a premium service and Apple doesn't wanna compete with Google or Hotmail or any email provider.

Well that answers my question, will probably give this a miss and try a free one.

Or does this really merit the cost?

StandingInAlley said,
Never will be free. Its a premium service and Apple doesn't wanna compete...

Or we could just change that to read "Apple doesn't want to compete... where they know they cannot compete.. even for free, because MobileMe is a steaming pile of fail"

Google Exchange Sync with my domain.... it works everywhere I am... for free
iPhone, iPad, iMac, work PC's, Linux machines... this problem has been solved. Next !!!

Borix said,
My question: when will it become free (MobileMe)?

+1 on this. I don't see the point. With about 1 hour of tinkering, my iPhone now syncs all my contacts, calendars, notes and emails with my Google account. It's the same cloud, for free.

Lazlo said,

+1 on this. I don't see the point. With about 1 hour of tinkering, my iPhone now syncs all my contacts, calendars, notes and emails with my Google account. It's the same cloud, for free.

It is really only worth it if you want the 20GB of online storage.