Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

ICloud App for Windows Available in Microsoft Store

ICloud App for Windows Available in Microsoft Store

While iCloud has been available on Windows for some time, this is the first time the app has been offered through the Microsoft Store. Apple and Microsoft have teamed up and have released a new iCloud for Windows app, that is available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users. Fortunately, the app leverages the File System mostly so its Apple-like design is hidden from users for the most part. Users can now easily access photos, videos, mail, calendars, files, and other information from their iCloud accounts from their PC or smartphone.

Setting up the application isn't by any means rocket science, and it's all because Apple has specifically developed the initial configuration process to be as straightforward as possible. Users can also share any file directly from Windows File Explorer, and presumably folder sharing will be coming as well once macOS Catalina and iOS 13 arrive later this year.

If you enable photo synchronization, you can further enable a feature to upload and store your PC photo library in iCloud and access photos and videos from all your devices. A good chunk of them would also own an Apple iPhone and/or an iPad. Bookmarks also sync from iOS Safari to Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome.

Apple's iCloud is a fully-featured service for storing files and images, syncing contacts, and different issues, so long as you are working solo and never trying to collaborate.

Choose the files and folders you want to keep on your PC. A small status icon in File Explorer shows whether the data is synced or stored in the cloud. However, the new "iCloud Drive experience" uses OneDrive's Files On-Demand feature which allows users to temporarily download and use the files without having to save them to offline storage.

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