Apple's iCloud app joins the Microsoft Store

Yolanda Curtis
June 13, 2019

Apple has released another app for the Windows Store after its now defunct iTunes app - its rumoured Store version of iCloud for Windows. iCloud works just as well as Microsoft's own OneDrive.

The iCloud for Windows app and iCloud Drive gives users access to iCloud Drive files from within Windows 10 File Explorer and doesn't use up storage on the PC. Since it's in the Microsoft Store, is it a UWP?

This time, Apple hasn't even bothered to announce the new iCloud for Windows app, leaving Microsoft to herald its arrival in the Microsoft Store with a new iCloud Drive feature.

Believe it or not, but Apple is actually quite a fan of Microsoft's modern Windows push, and unlike Google, which has made a decision to resist the UWP concept, the iPhone maker itself brought a couple of apps to the Microsoft Store.

You can download and install the app from the Microsoft Store. Fortunately, the app leverages the File System mostly so its Apple-like design is hidden from users for the most part.

Once configured, you can access various features by clicking on the Taskbar icon.

"If you use iCloud for Windows 10, you can use iCloud Drive to initiate shared files or to optimize files".

Microsoft's says there are now 825 million active Windows 10 devices. This brings an improved iCloud Drive experience for Windows 10 users.

If you've ever used iCloud on Windows, the version in the Microsoft Store will look awfully familiar: It's clearly a Desktop Bridge translation of the stock desktop app. You can thus view all these files like a regular folder in File Explorer, upload data to the cloud and download it with a simple copy and paste operation.

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