Apple and Microsoft collaborate on new iCloud app for Windows

Apple and Microsoft have worked together on a new iCloud app for Windows 10. Although iCloud has always been available on Windows, this new app is available in the Microsoft Store and includes a sync feature based on the same technology used by OneDrive. Functionality on demand. This means that you can now access iCloud files on Windows 10 PC without having to fully sync with PC, thus saving disk space.

A placeholder of the file itself will be downloaded, and when the file is fully accessible or a folder is marked for syncing, it will download the entire content. iCloud will also be integrated with File Explorer in Windows 10, with separate folders for apps like Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. You will be able to access documents stored in iCloud Drive, images in iCloud photos, messaging, contacts, calendar, reminders and Safari bookmarks.

It’s surprising and encouraging to see Microsoft and Apple working closely together on a Windows app, especially since Apple has used Microsoft’s latest Windows APIs for cloud storage sync. This could signal hope that Apple’s TV and music services could eventually appear on Windows in the future. The new iCloud app for Windows is available immediately in the Microsoft Store.

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