Apple iCloud Comes to the Microsoft Store for Windows 10

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, Cloud, Windows 10 with 17 Comments

Microsoft announced today that Apple’s iCloud app is now available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. This marks the second major Apple launch in the Microsoft Store after the April 2018 launch of iTunes.

“You can now access your iCloud account across Windows 10 PC and Apple devices,” a Microsoft representative told me. “The iCloud for Windows app is available to download from the Microsoft Store. You can easily access your photos, videos, mail, calendar, files, and other important information from your iCloud account on the go and on your Windows 10 PC.”

If you’ve ever used iCloud on Windows, the version in the Microsoft Store will look awfully familiar: It’s clearly a Desktop Bridge translation of the stock desktop app. It lets you access your iCloud Drive files from File Explorer, choose which files and folders to sync to PC, keep your iCloud photo library synced across devices, sync email, contacts, calendar, and tasks with Microsoft Outlook, and sync bookmarks with Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.

“The new iCloud for Windows app introduces a new iCloud Drive experience for Windows 10 users powered by the same Windows technology that also powers OneDrive’s Files On-Demand feature, enabling users to be more productive offline on mobile devices and quickly share files on iOS,” Microsoft’s Giorgio Sardo says.

You can find iCloud for Windows in the Microsoft Store.

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Comments (17)

17 responses to “Apple iCloud Comes to the Microsoft Store for Windows 10”

  1. mrlinux11

    Did they tell you, that you needed to be on the windows insider build ? I have 1809

  2. rfog

    It crashes in my iMac 2011 running last W10:

    Faulting application name: iCloudPrefs.exe, version: 351.0.0.1, time stamp: 0x5cf2d83c

    Faulting module name: ucrtbase.dll, version: 10.0.18362.1, time stamp: 0x747f8dcc

    Exception code: 0xc0000409

    Fault offset: 0x0009e8cb

    Faulting process id: 0x3168

    Faulting application start time: 0x01d520f7eee73286

    Faulting application path: C:Program FilesWindowsAppsAppleInc.iCloud_10.4.203.0_x86__nzyj5cx40ttqaiCloudiCloudPrefs.exe

    Faulting module path: C:WINDOWSSystem32ucrtbase.dll

    Report Id: cfd23d5a-6317-4089-b818-4f8220fcbeab

    Faulting package full name: AppleInc.iCloud_10.4.203.0_x86__nzyj5cx40ttqa

    Faulting package-relative application ID: iCloud

    As always, they haven't tested anything.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to rfog:

      So because it crashed on your specific system means they haven't tested anything. What BS. They can't possibly test it on every system ever made.

    • Greg Green

      In reply to rfog:

      Your iMac came out before Windows 7 and with a Sandy Bridge chip. That’s 8 Windows ago and 8 chip generations ago. I’m more nostalgic than most, but isn’t it time to at least expect things not to work well with equipment that old?

  3. Darekmeridian

    Honestly this install from the store version is a little more streamlined than the old installer from their website and didn't require a reboot.

  4. warren

    Oh that's MUCH nicer than before. Very good.

    The old iCloud Drive for Windows put the Drive link as a "Favourite", not as a top-level navigation item in Explorer.

  5. dontbe evil

    "But But the store is going to die" (quote)

  6. lvthunder

    I actually went to download iTunes from the Apple website and it directed me to the store instead. I had forgot that it was in the store. So Apple is very pro app stores.