Mac Basics - iCloud information

iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple and as of January 2013, the service has more than 250 million users.

The service allows you to store data like music and iOS applications on remote computer servers for download to multiple other devices, i.e. iPod, iPhone and iPad, and personal computers running OS X 10.7.2 "Lion" or later, or Microsoft Windows (Windows Vista service pack 2 or later). It also replaces Apple's MobileMe service, acting as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders (to-do lists), iWork documents, photos and other data. The service also allows users to wirelessly back-up their iOS devices to iCloud instead of manually doing so using iTunes.

For steps on setting up your iCloud account go here.

When you create your iCloud account you are also given a free iCloud.com email account. This account also doubles as an AOL instant messenger screen name (AIM) for use in Messages, Apples built-in chat application. (More on setting this up here)

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