At Microsoft’s Surface event, it was announced that you’ll be able to access your iCloud photos from the updated Windows 11 Photos app, coming soon to Windows 11 as an update in November.
In addition, dedicated Apple TV and Apple Music apps (opens in new tab) will be available in 2023, which means iTunes for Windows is finally being replaced.
While you can view your photos through the iCloud for Windows app for several years, there was no way to view them through the Windows 11 Photos app. This update addresses this issue by reflecting how you can view your synced media on macOS through from Apple’s Photos app.
While Apple TV and Apple Music are coming to Windows 11 in 2023, Internal users can test photos now (opens in new tab)along with other features that may or may not come to Windows in the future.
Analysis: iTunes on Windows is past its prime
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Being able to view the content of your iOS device on Windows has been difficult at best with iCloud for Windows (opens in new tab) app has barely been updated in recent years and doesn’t match what Apple users have received in recent iOS and macOS software updates like Memories and the ability to find people through Faces.
It was also getting weird to use iTunes on Windows 11 after it was dropped by Apple with macOS Catalina and replaced by Apple Music, so this is another one finally.
Seeing a dedicated Apple TV app also makes sense, as currently you can only view content through a web browser (opens in new tab)that’s not the best experience to watch Ted Lasso.
Overall, these are welcome updates that are long overdue. Soon, users will be able to access their photos and movies much more easily – and everyone benefits, including Microsoft and Apple.