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iCloud Drive icon 220x220iCloud for Windows 4.0 (iCloud Control Panel) will support iCloud DriveiCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Sharing. iCloud for Windows beta 3 was released on July 21, 2014 and works on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It is said, that the final version of iCloud for Windows will be released together with iOS 8. iCloud Drive has the potential to succeed against Dropbox or OneDrive, at least for iOS users. Update September 17, 2014: iCloud for Windows 4.0 released (Download it from here).

iCloud for Windows 4.0 installation

iCloud for Windows 4.0 installation

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive functionality on Windows will work with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 devices. If you edit a file stored in iCloud Drive on one device, changes will be synchronised on all other iCloud Drive enabled devices like iPhone, iPad, Macs (MacBook, iMac) and Windows PC.

iCloud for Windows 4.0 setting up iCloud Drive

iCloud for Windows 4.0 setting up iCloud Drive

The iCloud Drive is automatically added to your favourites on the Windows Explorer and can be handled like Dropbox or OneDrive folders:

iCloud for Windows 4.0 iCloud Drive in Windows Explorer

iCloud for Windows 4.0 iCloud Drive in Windows Explorer

iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Library lets you automatically upload and download your photos. iCloud Photo Library is announced by Apple “coming this fall” and will be also supported on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the upcoming new Photo app. The new Photo app will substitute iPhoto in the beginning of 2015. In the Photo Options section of the iCloud Control Panel  there is the field to activate iCloud Photo Library missing. Maybe you need to activate iCloud Photo library on an iOS 8 device before.

iCloud for Windows 4.0 setting up iCloud Photo

iCloud for Windows 4.0 setting up iCloud Photo

On the other hand, it is written on the Apple iCloud page: “You can access and download them anytime from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or the web”. No word about Windows, but also no word about Mac OS X. We will see.

That iCloud for Windows will support iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library are a good news for all Windows user.

Stay tuned! 😉


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8 replies
  1. Vicki Mauney
    Vicki Mauney says:

    I’m confused// Can Iphone 5 show photos on Window 8.1 for Icloud windows 4.? I’m not sure I even used the right terminology. Ever since I download windows 8.1, I have not been able to have Icloud photos…Have tried to find a fix..for over a year, probably longer…SSOOOOOOOOO frustrating…..worked fine until windows 8.1..Now I use OneDrive, but have always wanted to fix the other problem….
    Thank You


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