Apple Updates iCloud for Windows 10 Version 1809

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, Cloud, Windows 10 with 11 Comments

After identifying an incompatibility between iCloud and the latest version of Windows 10, Apple this week quietly issued a fix in the form of iCloud 7.8.1.

“iCloud for Windows 7.8.1 requires Microsoft Windows 7 or later; Outlook 2007 or later or (for Mail, Contacts, Calendar); and Internet Explorer 10 or later, Firefox 30 or later, or Google Chrome 28 or later (for Bookmarks),” an Apple support document notes, while never explaining that this release also fixes the Windows 10 version 1809 incompatibility.

Fortunately, Microsoft provides the confirmation on its own Windows 10 Update History website, where iCloud had previously been listed as an “upgrade blocker” for those seeking to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809.

“Apple has released an updated version of iCloud for Windows (version 7.8.1) that resolves compatibility issues encountered when updating or synching Shared Albums after updating to Windows 10, version 1809,” the site explains. “We recommend that you update your iCloud for Windows to version 7.8.1 when prompted before attempting to upgrade to Windows 10, version 1809. You can also manually download the latest version of iCloud for Windows.”

For those unfamiliar with iCloud for Windows—I can’t imagine the audience using this solution is very large—it’s a utility that lets you sync your email and contacts, web browser bookmarks, documents, and photos between Apple’s cloud service and your PC. Usage of iCloud is probably a lot higher within Apple’s own ecosystem of Macs, iPhones, and iPads, where it’s also used to sync reminders, and notes, plus Apple apps such as Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

You can learn more about Apple’s iCloud service on the iCloud Help website.


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