Microsoft announced last month that it was working with Apple to bring the Apple TV and Apple Music apps to Windows PCs. More than that, the company has teased an integration of the native Photos app on Windows 11 with iCloud Photos. Now, this integration is finally rolling out for Windows users.
Windows 11 with iCloud Photos
According The edge, Photos app update in Windows 11 with iCloud Photos integration is now available. To get everything up and running, users need to update the app through the Microsoft Store and then install iCloud for Windows, which is also available from the Microsoft Store.
After that, simply sign in with your Apple ID in the iCloud app and turn on Photo Library syncing. Therefore, all your photos and videos stored in iCloud should automatically appear in the Windows Photos app.
“We know that many Windows customers have photo and video collections on their iPhone that they would like to be able to view on their PC,” said Dave Grochocki, senior product manager for Microsoft’s Windows Inbox apps. “This iCloud Photos integration will allow iPhone owners to have direct access to all of their precious memories in one organized place and is another step in our ongoing efforts to make Windows 11 experiences seamless. »
This is a significant step forward in improving the experience for users who own both Apple devices and Windows PCs. Although iCloud Photos was already available on Windows before the update, photos and videos should be accessible through regular folders.
More integration with Apple services coming soon
Additionally, Microsoft and Apple have already confirmed that Windows users will soon have access to the new Apple Music and Apple TV apps. Currently, Windows users must access tv.apple.com through a web browser to watch Apple TV+ content, while Apple Music can be accessed through the music.apple.com website or iTunes, which was discontinued some time ago. years old.
These announcements continue the expansion of Apple’s content services across more platforms as Apple prioritizes subscription revenue over hardware sales.
In the case of Apple TV, greater availability of the platform is crucial as Apple enters into high-profile sports deals, such as the Major League Soccer exclusive broadcast deal starting in the 2023 season. Apple TV is also expected to get the streaming rights to NFL Sunday Ticket.
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