iCloud update lets PCs use iCloud Drive before Macs (Wired UK)


Tim Cook reveals the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at Apple’s Sept. 9 event.

Alex Washburn


Ars TechnicaApple officially
released iCloud Drive yesterday as part of the  iOS 8 update, but it came with a caveat: turning it on disables
the “old” way of iCloud syncing, but OS X doesn’t yet support
iCloud Drive and won’t until  OS X Yosemite is released later this fall. If you use
iCloud to sync application data between your phone, tablet, and
desktop, this means you’ll need to keep living with the more
limited version of iCloud until Yosemite is out (or roll the dice
and  give the Public Beta a try).

If you’re a Windows user with an iPhone, though, you can go
ahead and pull the trigger on that iCloud Drive update now. Apple
today released an
updated version of the iCloud for Windows application
 that
adds full support for iCloud Drive. Install the program and sign
in, and iCloud Drive will appear in your user profile folder
and your Favourites menu in Windows Explorer, much
like Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud storage service. This is
the first opportunity that Windows users will have to view and
directly manipulate iCloud data, not counting the more limited
capabilities of the iCloud.com Web apps, and it’s a nice new
addition for people who like iOS but don’t care to use
Macs.

Otherwise, iCloud for Windows continues to be more limited than
iCloud on either iOS or OS X. It can sync with your Photo Stream
and sync Safari bookmarks with either Internet Explorer, Firefox,
or Chrome, and if you have Outlook 2007 or later installed it will
also offer to sync your iCloud mail, calendars, contacts, and
reminders. However, it can’t use iCloud Keychain to sync passwords,
nor does it provide any kind of “Find My Device” functionality as
it does in both iOS and OS X. You can’t sync Notes data directly
either, though that feature is accessible via iCloud.com.

iCloud Drive for Windows was first announced back at WWDC, and
the new iCloud application for Windows was released to some
testers as a beta earlier this month. As of this writing, the
“download” button on Apple’s iCloud for Windows page isn’t
working, but if you click the “Download iCloud for Windows” link
further down the page you’ll be able to get the installer.

This article originally appeared on Ars Technica

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19 September 2014 | 9:42 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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