Apple opens beta for "next MobileMe Mail"

Apple opens beta for next MobileMe Mail

Apple announced today that they're opening a beta program for the "next MobileMe Mail" in order to get user feedback on the new features it will bring:

Widescreen and compact views. When reading your mail at, the new widescreen view lets you see more of each message with less scrolling. Choose compact view to hide your folders or classic view to see more of your message list.

Rules to keep your email organized everywhere. Mail rules help you reduce inbox clutter by automatically filing messages into folders you select ahead of time. Set them up at, and your rules organize your incoming email on the web and everywhere else — on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

Single-click archiving. Click the Archive button and the selected message is quickly filed into the Archive folder where it's always available for future reference.

Formatting toolbar. You can create great-looking email messages using formatting buttons to bold or italicize text, change font color, insert images, and more. You can even create formatted web links to hide long URLs.

Improved performance. Mail at loads your inbox and messages faster. And with interface refinements such as the ability to scroll through your entire inbox without having to manually click to load the next set of messages, you'll be able to work more efficiently.

Increased security with SSL. With the MobileMe Mail beta, accessing your email on the web is more secure than ever. Your inbox is protected to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on your webmail. As always, you receive SSL protection when you use your MobileMe Mail account on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

Really Apple, you had me at Rules.

Originally introduced alongside iPhone 2.0 and the iPhone 3G at WWDC 2008, MobileMe has since introduced a few key features like Find my iPhone (and now iPad) but has seen few overall improvements. While the push experience itself has become good, the feature set is increasingly lagging behind free services like Gmail and premium services like Exchange.

Do these updates make MobileMe Mail more attractive to you?

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Apple opens beta for "next MobileMe Mail"


Agree with jonar1us.
Besides they update me like Adobe updates Flash--so unless they take hold and start competing they IMO should just turn it off (though I'm sure they make a little money from it).

How about a user interface for web mail that's as good as Outlook Web Access (including drag-and-drop)?

yes is does. I mean I have used since I got my first iMac. But these new features are really nice. MobileMe Mail looks now like on the iPad. Love that.

I like rules, I started using on my mini and didn't know that it automatically set itself to delete the mail out my inbox after 30 days, boy did i learn a lesson, not a happy camper, 10 + years of emails are gone off hotmail.

how can some of you complain about the lack of features in mobileme and no updates, when thats exactly what they are fixing now?

Although, I think MobileMe is overpriced, it's been very nice to have automatic/wireless syncing of my calendar, contacts, Safari bookmarks, etc. across my Mac, iPhone and now iPad. It does for me what Exchange does for a lot of other folks.

Marginally more attrractive - the lack of rules has always been a 100% deal breaker for me, so, if MobileMe rules work well and have similar levels of power and flexibility as gmail or exchange, that could remove a big sticking point, but there are still too many other shortcomings (opinion) for me to buy in. Good to see Apple revisiting the platform, though, even if they have a long way to go.

I don't often use the MobileMe web interface, but I like that they are working on it. The server-side rules option definitely intrigues me. I have a ton of rules set up in on my MBP, but if I can transfer those to the server and have them available in Mail on my MBP and my iPhone, it will make it a lot easier to keep things organized. Hopefully more MobileMe upgrades to come!

Nice inprovements but before that: where is my todo app? And a notes app? What about invitations and meetings with people online and on the iPhone?
Love the Clear mobile me interface over the cluthert gmail.

Apple should offer MobileMe for FREE. Why anyone wouldpay for the "services" it offers when you can get it for FREE from Gmail and Exchange, which are much more user friendly.

@Matheous @ Menu Musings
Smart folders dont actually move anything, it is a collection display of your rule. Rules actually move emails to appropriate locations.

Rules!!!! I was considering dumping MobileMe because organizing emails was a pain, so I was using Gmail. I don't like using Gmail, so finally Apples given me a reason to dump them altogether

@sprinkles, why should they offer it free? the space required for all that isnt free for them. just because gmail does it doesnt mean they should. and exchange isnt free, somone is paying for it. may not be you, but your employer probably did. and its not cheap. mobileme is simple, and works. it has some flaws yes, but nothing is perfect, not even gmail. idisk, photos, push email, imap folders, find my iphone, aliases, all that adds up to enough for me to pay for it.

The thing they most need to work on is resolving their synching issues with mutiple devices. I use the same account on 2 iPhones 1 ipad and an outlook windows pc... Had it corrupt multiple times.. Duplicate appts or contacts and had supper tell me i have to replace my mobile me from my pc every couple of months because I have too many synch logs on my account. It should work... Period. The only reason I still use it is because I haven't had time to setup multiple accounts to acheive the same end. Funny how apple makes such AMAZING devices and yet mobile sucks so bad... Here hoping the beta is much better

Clicked on the signup this morning, but as of 90 minutes ago, I haven't received confirmation or noticed any difference. I do hope this is the start of some major revamping, though. The web interface is slow, and I would really like invitations functionality. Not that I use it for work, but it's an easy way to keep me and my wife on the same page for things (using google calendar just for that one reason). Make iDisk more like Dropbox, add ability to send from iPhone as an alias, and I will renew.

Don't get the beta - it has many bugs and I think I lost a bunch of email last week due to a mobile me server issue and the beta was no help