Microsoft has announced that the Photos app in Windows 11 will be integrated with Apple‘s iCloud storage service. iPhone users with Windows devices will be able to see their iPhone photos and videos within Photos after installing the iCloud for Windows app from the Microsoft Store and selecting to sync iCloud.
Now, Windows users who are part of Microsoft’s Windows Insiders program can download the latest iCloud for Windows app, which enables the integration.
“For the last few years, Windows customers who have Android phones have experienced that promise with integration across messaging, calling and photos directly to their Windows PC, bringing the two most important devices in their lives closer together,” CNET quoted Microsoft as saying. “We’re making it easier than ever for customers to access their iPhone photos and the entertainment they love from Apple on their Xbox and Windows devices.”
In a related announcement, Apple announced the expansion of its first-party streaming services, such as Apple Music and Apple TV, to more Microsoft platforms. Apple Music is now available on Xbox consoles, and the Apple TV app and Apple Music will be available on Windows sometime next year.
The new Apple service integrations on Windows and Xbox come nearly two years after the release of Apple TV on Xbox consoles. It’s taken a long time, but hybrid Windows-iOS households will definitely appreciate the improved integration.
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