It was announced at Microsoft''s Surface event that you''ll be able to access your iCloud photos from within the updated Windows 11 Photos app, which will soon be available on Windows 11 as an update in November.
In addition to this, dedicated Apple TV and Apple Music apps (opens in a new tab) will be available in 2023, which means that iTunes for Windows will be replaced.
While you''ve been able to view your photos through the iCloud for Windows app for a number of years, there was no way to use them through Windows 11''s Photos app. This update resolves that issue, while highlighting how you can view your synced media on macOS via the Apple Photos app.
While Apple TV and Apple Music will be released on Windows 11 in 2023, Insider users may now test Photos (opens in a new tab), long with other features that may or may not be released in the future.
Analysis: Windows on iTunes is far beyond its intended target market.
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Being able to view content that''s on your iOS device in Windows has been difficult at best, with the iCloud for Windows (opens in a new tab) app having barely been updated in recent years, and failing to match Apple users'' previous software updates to iOS and MacOS, such as Memories and the ability to find people through Faces.
iTunes was becoming more difficult to use in Windows 11 after being replaced by Apple with the macOS Catalina and with Apple Music, thus this is the second step.
It''s also beneficial to see a special Apple TV app, since you can currently view content via a web browser (opens in a new tab), which isn''t the best experience for watching Ted Lasso.
These are all welcome updates that have been overdue. Users will soon be able to access their photos and films much more easily, and everyone benefit, including Microsoft and Apple.