iCloud for Windows now available through the Microsoft Store


In an article on the Windows blog, Apple and Microsoft announced today the availability of a new iCloud application for Windows. The new application is available on the Microsoft Store and allows users to access iCloud features such as iCloud Drive, Photos, and more.

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iCloud has been available on Windows for quite some time now, but it's the first time the application is offered via the Microsoft Store. The new release also includes improvements to iCloud Drive, now powered by the Microsoft cloud sync engine:

The new iCloud for Windows app introduces a new iCloud Drive experience for Windows 10 users using the same Windows technology that also activates OneDrive's Files On-Demand feature, allowing users to be more productive offline on devices mobile and quickly share files on iOS.

In addition, Apple notes in an updated support document for iCloud for Windows that iCloud Drive on Windows 10 can create shared files and optimize them. You can also pin files and folders locally:

If you are using iCloud for Windows 10, you can use iCloud Drive to create shared files or to optimize files. You can also pin files or folders locally so they do not optimize in iCloud, access shared photo feeds, and improved iCloud Photo Library support.

Aside from the enhanced functionality of iCloud Drive, much of the iCloud experience remains the same for Windows users with the current version. You can access iCloud Photos, use shared albums, keep your mail, contacts, calendars and reminders synchronized, etc. You can also manage iCloud storage and upgrade that storage through iCloud for Windows.

However, this is the first time that iCloud for Windows is available on the Microsoft Store. This comes after the launch of Microsoft Office in the Mac App Store earlier this year.

Download iCloud for Windows for free via the Microsoft Store.

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