Apple's iCloud Now Available For Windows 10 Users at Microsoft Store


In fact, the company once even offered a Windows version of its Safari browser too.

The new iCloud for Windows App arrived on the Microsoft Store Tuesday. Fortunately, the app leverages the File System mostly so its Apple-like design is hidden from users for the most part. This time, you can sync bookmarks stored in the iCloud with three different browsers, namely Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.

What's particularly impressive is that the new version actually uses the same "on demand" feature that allows OneDrive to be so snappy without clogging up your hard drive with synced files. That includes quickly sharing files from an iOS device to your PC via iCloud.

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"We're excited to announce that starting today, iCloud for Windows is now available to download as an app in the Microsoft Store worldwide", said Giorgio Sardo, engineering general manager for the Microsoft 365 developer ecosystem.

The biggest benefit of using the app is the ability to have an iCloud folder appear like it's a native folder in Windows Explorer giving you quick and easy access to your files in the cloud without taking up precious storage space on your computer.

If you see this, you won't be able to install the new iCloud app unless you're running at least build 18362.145 (and preferably 1903) of Windows 10. "You can also pin files or folders locally so they don't optimize back to iCloud, and access shared photo streams and improved iCloud Photo Library support", Apple notes. The new version claims to be a major improvement, with more robust features and more reliable syncing-the latter of those has been a common complaint for users of Apple's previous version.