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Introduction

Apple's .Mac services are not new to the Macintosh, but as technology advances and bandwidths expand, the number of services offered gets better and better. The genesis of .Mac services was born from the fact that Apple controls both ends of the connection (they own the Apple Web site, and they make the computers). The developers at Apple decided to come up with some really great proprietary services, and then make them available to Macintosh users.

For example, Macintosh users should be able to communicate easily with other Macintosh users, so iChat was invented. In addition, Macintosh users should be able to have a virtual hard drive (iDisk) to store their stuff, and they should be able to open it and use that stuff on any other computer; even a Windows machine. And that's not all, faithful Mac users should have sophisticated e-mail services, video conferencing abilities, and the ability to build and maintain a Web site; plus you should have access to programs to backup your important documents. In truth, there are dozens of .Mac features, and more being added all the time.


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