Microsoft Brings iCloud Photos to Windows 11

An update for the Windows 11 Photos app allows users to see their Apple iCloud Photos library directly on Windows.


is introducing iCloud Photos integration in , allowing users to access their iCloud images in the Windows Photos app. Users can link their photos within the app and see them as if they are in the local library.

This feature is rolling out to all Windows 11 users as part of Microsoft's strategy to update Windows apps whenever a feature is available. That is opposed to rolling out features only on major OS-wide updates.

To access iCloud Photos, users just need to update the Photos app from the . Next, ensure there is iCloud for Windows on your Windows 11. If not, it too is available from the Microsoft Store.

“We know that many Windows customers have photo and video collections on their iPhones that they would like to be able to view on their PC,” says Dave Grochocki, principal product manager lead for Microsoft's Windows inbox apps. “This iCloud Photos integration will make it easier for those with an iPhone to have direct access to all their cherished memories in one organized place and is another step in our continued efforts to make experiences on Windows 11 seamless.”

Apple Collaboration

Microsoft is also making other changes to the Photos app on Windows 11. The company is also adding a new gallery view that allows users to choose different ways to search through their images. Microsoft says it worked directly with to ensure the iCloud integration works smoothly.

That will bear more fruit with the upcoming Apple Music and Apple TV integration on Windows 11.

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