Microsoft said this morning during a Surface-focused presentation that it will integrate Apple’s iCloud storage service with the Photos app in Windows 11. iPhone users with Windows devices will be able to access their iPhone photographs and videos within Photos after installing the iCloud for Windows programme from the Microsoft Store and selecting to sync iCloud.
Starting today, Windows users who are part of Microsoft’s Windows Insiders programme may download the updated iCloud for Windows software, which allows the connection.
“For the previous several years, Windows consumers with Android phones have experienced that promise with integration across messaging, calling, and photographs straight to their Windows PC, bringing the two most essential devices in their life closer together,” Microsoft said, according to CNET. “We’re making it easier than ever for users to get their iPhone images and Apple entertainment on Xbox and Windows devices.”
In a separate announcement, Apple stated that it will introduce first-party streaming services such as Apple Music and Apple TV on more Microsoft platforms. Apple Music is now available on Xbox platforms, and the Apple TV app and Apple Music will be available on Windows early next year.
The latest Apple service integrations on Windows and Xbox come roughly two years after the release of Apple TV for Xbox systems. It’s taken a long time, but hybrid Windows-iOS homes will undoubtedly enjoy the improved integration.