Microsoft and Apple integrated iCloud Photos on Windows 11

Users of Windows 11 can now get to their iCloud photo libraries straight from the operating system.

A new update to Windows 11’s Photos app makes it possible to import an existing iCloud Photos library.

In order to have their images automatically sync to Windows 11, users of Windows 11 will need to update the Photos app from the Microsoft Store, install the iCloud for Windows app from the Store, sign in, and then select the specific libraries and photos they wish to sync.

A new gallery view has been included as part of the update to provide users with more options when looking at their images.

Users of Windows 11 will need to download the latest version of the Photos app from the Microsoft Store. After that, they’ll need to install iCloud for Windows from the Store, log in, and decide which libraries on iCloud should sync automatically with Photos.

With the help of Apple, Microsoft was able to integrate iCloud Photos, and the company is working on porting Apple Music and Apple TV to Windows.

In the meantime, Microsoft has released an update to its collaboration tool, Teams, which includes four new features: the ability to assign seats in Together mode, to create video clips, to pop out shared information into a new window, and to use Microsoft 365-connected templates.

According to Microsoft’s principal product manager lead for Windows inbox apps, Dave Grochocki.

“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,”


“This iCloud Photos integration will make it easier for those with an iPhone to have direct access to all their cherished memories in one organised place and is another step in our continued efforts to make experiences on Windows 11 seamless,” Grochocki added.

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