Microsoft has confirmed that an influx of Apple apps and services – such as Apple TV, Apple Music and iCloud Photos – are launching on Windows 11 in the near future.
While Apple Music launches on Xbox consoles today to join Apple TV, Windows PC users get Apple Music and Apple TV starting next year. Previews of both apps are coming before 2022.
This will mean that Windows 11 users will be able to access the library of content they have purchased from Apple while enjoying original content from the Apple TV+ streaming service.
“We’re also happy to announce that Apple Music and the Apple TV app will launch on Windows next year,” Microsoft says in blog post. “Previews of these apps will be available in the Microsoft Store later this year. We can’t wait for you to be able to listen to your favorite music, playlists and more from Apple Music and watch your favorite shows and movies on Apple TV+ right on your Windows PC.”
In the post, published alongside the launch of Microsoft’s next-generation Surface hardware on Wednesday, Microsoft says the iCloud app for Windows will include Photos integration starting in November. Essentially, this will mean that iPhone users will not need to log into iCloud on the web to access their stored photos and will be able to view them natively on their laptop or desktop.
This will make it easier for iPhone users to access photos taken on their phone and stored in the cloud directly from the Windows 11 Photos app. Windows Insiders can get a preview of the new feature starting today.
Microsoft adds: “Through new integration with iCloud and the Photos app in Windows 11, you’ll be able to access all your photos and videos from your iPhone right in the Photos app. It’s a no-brainer, just install the iCloud for Windows app from the Microsoft Store and choose to sync your iCloud photos.”
This is great news for users built into both the Apple and Windows ecosystems, making it easy to access your subscription services and photos you might want to share via email or include in documents on your desktop.