Microsoft iCloud Photos integration on Windows 11 rolls out

Announced earlier this year, iCloud Photos integration in Windows 11 is now available to users with the latest update to the Photos app. There was a time when Apple and Microsoft were considered bitter rivals whose software couldn’t coexist on the same platform.

Times have changed, however, and today we have Microsoft Edge for macOS and iTunes in the Microsoft Store, so users from both companies have access to each other’s software on both platforms.

Starting today, Windows 11 users also have access to iCloud Photos right from their devices, making life as an Apple user on Windows even easier.

The new feature apparently makes it easy to access content stored in iCloud directly from the Photos app, meaning that now all the pictures will be together on a Windows 11 device under one roof. “We know that many Windows users have photo and video collections on their iPhone that they would like to view on their PC. This iCloud Photos integration will allow iPhone owners to have direct access to all the memories they hold dear in one organized place, and is another step in our ongoing efforts to provide a seamless Windows 11 experience,” explains Microsoft.

It goes without saying that users are allowed to use more than one cloud service in the Photos app. In other words, all photos will show up in the Photos app, whether they’re stored in iCloud or OneDrive. Both services feel right at home on Windows 11 devices after this update, so you can set up the Photos app as a single library for multiple sources where your images are stored, including local hard drives and services in the cloud.

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However, if you want to see iCloud photos in the Photos app, it’s not enough to install the latest version of the app. The software giant explains that you also need to install iCloud for Windows on your computer.

“To integrate your iCloud photos into the Photos app, make sure your Photos app is up to date and then install the iCloud app for Windows from the Microsoft Store. From there, sign in and choose to sync your photos, and all your iCloud Photos content will automatically appear in your Photos app, the company explains.

This feature is designed specifically for users of Windows 11 Update 2022, but in theory it should work fine on other supported versions of Windows 11 as well. However, devices must meet the above prerequisites and the latest version of the Photos app must also be installed.

If the arrival of iCloud Photos in Windows 11 is certainly good news for Apple users, you should know that the new integration is not yet available to all users. The rollout started today, but Microsoft says not everyone will get it on day one. The process will continue in the coming weeks, with the company saying that all Windows 11 users should be able to see their iCloud photos in the Photos app by the end of the month.

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