You do not need a Mac to get the most out of your iPhone. Following a period of initial beta testing in the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft is now making the iCloud Photos integration in the Windows 11 Photos app available to everyone. Apple fans who own both an iPhone and a Windows PC may now easily view their favorite images from their iOS device on their Windows computer.

As with most Windows 11 apps, this feature will be added to the Photos app via an update that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Because major upgrades are typically released in stages, you may not see this integration straight away. Microsoft expects to have iCloud Photos available to all Windows 11 users by the end of November.


How to configure it?

However, there are a few steps you must take in order to view your iPhone iCloud images on Windows 11. You must first upgrade the Photos app to the most recent version. The iCloud for Windows app must then be installed from the Microsoft Store.

You’d have to sign in with your Apple ID, which is the same one you use on your iPhone. After that, iCloud photographs will appear in your collection in the Windows 11 Photos app. Photos will have small Apple Photos icon in the top left corner, suggesting they are from an iPhone and iCloud.

When it comes to Windows 11, Microsoft has had a busy few weeks. This is simply the most recent feature to arrive on PCs around the world. A normal Patch Tuesday update on November 8 enabled a tabbed interface in Windows 11 File Explorer, as well as an enhanced overflow menu in the Taskbar. Microsoft is also only two months removed from the release of the Windows 11 2022 Update. It arrived on PCs on September 20.

This is a significant step toward bettering the experience of people who possess both Apple devices and Windows PCs. iCloud Photographs was also available on Windows before the change, but images and videos had to be accessed through folders.

What to expect next?

Furthermore, Microsoft and Apple have previously stated that new Apple Music and Apple TV apps will be available to Windows users in the near future. Currently, Windows users must use a web browser to visit to watch Apple TV+ content, whereas Apple Music can be accessed via the website or iTunes – which was abandoned years ago.

As it prioritizes subscription revenue over hardware sales, Apple is expanding its entertainment offerings to more platforms with these actions.

In the case of Apple TV, expanded platform availability is critical when the company achieves large-scale sports deals, such as the agreement to exclusively stream Major League Soccer beginning with the 2023 season. Apple TV is also anticipated to gain streaming rights to NFL Sunday Ticket.

More on iCloud

iCloud is an Apple Inc. cloud service that was announced on October 12, 2011, as a replacement for MobileMe. The service had an estimated 850 million subscribers in 2018, up from 782 million users in 2016.

Users can use iCloud to sync personal data to the cloud, including mail, contacts, calendars, photographs, notes, and files, as well as collaborate on documents, back up an iPhone or iPad, and track lost Apple devices. It is incorporated into iOS, iPad, and macOS, and a limited version for Windows can be downloaded.

In a news release on May 31, 2011, Apple announced iCloud. Steve Jobs announced that iCloud would replace MobileMe during WWDC 2011 on June 6, 2011.

On October 12, 2011, iCloud was announced, and MobileMe was decommissioned on June 30, 2012. Previous MobileMe customers could continue to use their and email addresses as aliases for their new address.

In less than a week after its inception, iCloud had 20 million users. It was initially chastised for having issues, particularly with Core Data synchronization. These problems were fixed in iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks.

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