Apple’s apps for Windows PC, like iTunes, QuickTime or Safari, are trash. And the same applies to iCloud for Windows. Every big platform, like Apple, Microsoft and Google, requires its own bloated account. Do you want to use Word on your Android device? Then you need both bloated Google and bloated Microsoft account. And then to join Apple Music? Be prepared, you will need another big account from Apple and also iTunes, which is a pain on Windows. Every platform offers its own cloud and many other features you may not be interested in. What a mess!
I remember as I wanted YouTube account. OK, I have registered and I was wondering how many junk services I got. I got Gmail, Google Hangouts, Google Drive, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Photos, Google+, Google Keep, Blogger and more! Google, I just wanted YouTube account! Why I got services like e-mail and social network?
I’m not telling that Apple is not the same. If you are in Microsoft Windows ecosytem and you got iPhone, you need bloated Apple account. Maybe you just want to download apps from App Store, but you will not only get App Store access, but also iCloud Drive, iCloud Calendar, iCloud Contacts, iCloud Notes, iCloud e-mail account, Apple Music, iCloud Photos, etc. It’s annoying, I’m already in Microsoft ecosystem and I just want to download apps from App Store on my iPhone! OK, but that’s not all, prepare to install bloated iTunes and trashware iCloud for Windows…
I have mentioned iCloud for Windows, because Apple yesterday introduced brand-new iCloud app for Windows. According to Microsoft, the iCloud Drive feature on Windows is powered by the same Windows technology behind the OneDrive Files On-Demand Feature, which lets users be more productive offline on mobile devices and quickly share files on iOS. Using this new app requires having an existing iCloud account created on an Apple device, like iPhone or Mac.
With new iCloud for Windows app, you can do:
- Safely store your photos and videos in iCloud. With iCloud Photos, any new photos and videos that you take on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch automatically download to your PC. And you can upload new photos and videos from your PC so that you can access them from your other devices too
- Use Shared Albums to share photos and videos with just the people you choose. Then invite friends to add their own photos, videos, and comments
- Get your documents on every device you use with iCloud Drive. Simply drag your documents into the iCloud Drive folder on your PC and access them at any time, on any device
- Keep your iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders up to date automatically between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC
- Keep your Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome bookmarks on Windows the same as your Safari bookmarks
- Update your iCloud preferences, see how much iCloud storage you’re using, delete items to free up storage, and update your storage plan whenever you want
This is how new app looks:
iCloud for Windows requires Windows 10 build 18362.145 or later and is available at Microsoft Store.