Apple and Microsoft have teamed up to create an iCloud Drive experience that will hopefully be resolving some compatibility issues. Apple has released a new iCloud for Windows app that offers iCloud functions much more closer to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service in Windows 10, with the app now also available for download from the Microsoft Store. The iCloud app for Windows includes iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Safari Bookmarks, and more.
Features listed by Microsoft include:
- Access your iCloud Drive files directly from File Explorer without using up space on your PC.
- Choose the files and folders you want to keep on your PC.
- Safely store all your files in iCloud Drive and access them from your iOS device, Mac, and on iCloud.com.
- Share any file right from File Explorer and easily collaborate with others—edits will be synced across your devices.
Microsoft says the new iCloud app is “powered by the same Windows technology that also powers OneDrive’s Files On-Demand feature.”
Once iCloud for Windows is installed, you’ll be able to access your iCloud files from the Windows Explorer sidebar. If you want to upload any files, you have to simply drag and drop them to iCloud Drive without needing to open iCloud itself.
The iCloud for Windows app is available to download now in the Microsoft Store for users of Windows 10 at no charge. Users of earlier Windows releases can still download and use the previous method of acquiring the software.