Microsoft has started rolling out iCloud photo library integration inside Windows 11in the form of an update to the Photos app.
The Announcement (opens in new tab) on the Windows Experience Blog of Dave Grochocki, Principal Product Manager Lead for Windows Inbox Posts, the first follows unveiling of the feature at the Surface event in October 2022.
Once users receive the update, they will need to download the iCloud for Windows app from the Microsoft Store to link their accounts.
Microsoft, Apple and closed ecosystems
Windows integrates with Apple’s cloud storage solution is certainly one of the first signs that the idea that Microsoft and Apple devices should be separate ecosystems is thawing.
As previously reported by The edge (opens in new tab)the iCloud Photo Library integration follows the release of Apple Music as an app in the Microsoft Store (although Windows users will have to wait until next year), and a native Apple TV app is also said to be in preview soon. to appear.
Microsoft claims that the decision to integrate the two platforms was made with the user experience in mind.
“We know that many Windows customers have photo and video collections on their iPhones (opens in new tab) that they would like to be able to watch on their PC,” Grochocki wrote.
“This iCloud Photos integration makes it easier for iPhone users to have instant access to all their precious memories in one organized place and is another step in our ongoing effort to make experiences on Windows 11 seamless.”
The new feature is similar to the recent decision to allow photo libraries android phones to be used with Microsoft 365 on the Web. That integration works the same way, in that it takes an additional app to link photo libraries across platforms.