Through October and November last year, Microsoft was left reeling by the disastrous release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). Two months of problems plagued the update, which was pulled days after its release. Even when it was made available, problems persisted. One of them, an iCloud compatibility issue, has now been fixed.
In November, Microsoft confirmed the reinstated Windows 10 October 2018 Update had caused a bug in Apple's iCloud. The bug meant Microsoft was forced to block the October 2018 Update from devices with iCloud in use.
Apple released an update for iCloud to solve the problem. Microsoft has now announced it will remove the October 2018 Update block in mid-February.
When the problem was confirmed, Microsoft said it stopped iCloud installations by telling users there is no compatibility. Naturally, many users will already have iCloud installed on their PCs, but they are facing issue too. Microsoft says those users are facing synchronizing issues on Shared Albums:
“Apple has identified an incompatibility with iCloud for Windows (version 184.108.40.206). Users may experience issues updating or synching Shared Albums after updating to Windows 10, version 1809. Users who attempt to install iCloud for Windows (version 220.127.116.11) on Windows 10, version 1809 will see a message stating that this version of iCloud for Windows isn't supported, and the installation will fail.”
October 2018 Update
Apple and Microsoft worked together to solve the problem and seem to have found a solution. With the announcement, Microsoft is closing another chapter on Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
Microsoft initially launched the platform on October 2 alongside new Surface devices. However, version 1809 was quickly put on ice as the manual update was deleting personal user files. Before being paused, the update was reaching millions of users.
After being pulled, users were affected by a ZIP extraction fault, a file association problem, and an activation downgrade flaw. After re-introducing Windows 10 October 2018 Update in November, Microsoft has taken a cautious approach.