Windows 11 Photos app can now access images in Apple iCloud

Windows 11 Photos app can now access images in iCloud

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More Apple services coming to Windows 11
Windows users get get a touch of sweet iCloud Photos goodness
Screenshot: Microsoft

Thanks to cooperation between Apple and Microsoft, the Windows 11 Photos app is now able to access photos and videos from iCloud.

This is one of several recent cross-platform collaboration moves by the two tech titans.

Windows and iPhone really do cooperate

There are plenty of Windows users with an iPhone – not everyone with a PC wants an Android. And these people want their desktop/laptop to work smoothly with their iOS handset.

That just got easier now that iCloud Photos is now directly integrated into the Photos app on Windows 11.

“This iCloud Photos integration will make it easier for those with an iPhone to have direct access to all their cherished memories in one organized place and is another step in our continued efforts to make experiences on Windows 11 seamless,” said Dave Grochocki, Principal Product Manager Lead, Windows Inbox Apps.

iCloud photo access only requires users to install the iCloud for Windows app from the Microsoft Store. But it’s not available to everyone yet. “We expect it to be available to all Windows 11 customers by end of the month,” promised Grochocki.

iCloud in the Photos app on Windows 11 Insider Preview
Microsoft starting rolling out public access to iCloud in the Photos app.
Screenshot: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

More Apple entertainment services on the way to Windows

This is only the latest cooperation between Apple and Microsoft. The Apple Music streaming service launched on Xbox game consoles in October.

And Panos Panay, Microsoft Chief Product Officer, recently promised that Apple Music and the Apple TV app will launch on Windows in 2023.

The primary function of the Apple TV app is to give users access to the Apple TV+ streaming service. Currently, Windows users can access this through a web browser.

Source: Microsoft

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