Apple grants iCloud access to Windows PC sufferers as part of iOS 5 upgrade

“Some people view Microsoft as The Evil Empire, while others give Apple that moniker. I’ve never thought either one was particularly evil but when I found iCloud installed on my PC after upgrading to iOS 5, I’m beginning to wonder. I discovered the iCloud icon in my Windows 7 system tray after a recent update/reboot exercise,” Ken Hess reports for ZDNet.

“OK, so I know I installed iCloud during the update but I thought it was just a way to manage my iOS device backups or to keep track of them. Little did I know that Apple is now willing to backup data and pictures from my PC,” Hess reports. “Apple wants me to use their Cloud-based storage on all of my devices not just Apple ones. Pretty darn sneaky, if you ask me. Smart too.”

“I don’t use Microsoft Outlook but, for now at least, you can only backup your Outlook contacts, calendars and tasks. You can also backup your Internet Explorer bookmarks. But, the most intriguing of all is the Photo Stream part of the iCloud application,” Hess reports. “iCloud is less expensive than Dropbox and it works on all of your iDevices, Macs and now your PC too. Awesome.”

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  1. I booted up my Windows 7 work PC this morning and saw an Apple update window offering a QuickTime update (which was already checked) and an iCloud control panel download (which wasn’t checked). I haven’t installed anything to do with iCloud on the PC yet. Not sure how the author could have ended up with iCloud automatically installed, if his setup is like mine.

    1. iCloud doesn’t exactly duplicate Dropbox. iCloud is an automatic content syncer, you only have control over general types and groups of content (contacts, photos, documents, etc), then each sync’ed device gets a full copy (one-to-many approach).

      Dropbox is a network drive. You manually choose what goes in there. The files aren’t auto-replicated to all devices with Dropbox on it, but all devices have access to the same file (many-to-one approach).

      Neither is a one-size-fits-all solution, they both have their benefits and drawbacks depending on what you want to do.

  2. I can’t understand why Apple is discriminating against its own user base by denying Snow Leopard the benefit of iCloud, yet extending it to Windows sufferers? Is this a subtle message to Snow Leopard users to abandon the platform and migrate to Windows?

      1. I’d love to upgrade my Mac mini, which is my home’s main iTunes server, with its 1 GB of hard-to-get-to-and-thus-upgrade RAM to Lion. But Lion won’t install on iMacs with less than 2 GB. (Maybe Windows 7 will…)

    1. It’s $30, BLN, and includes a lot more than just iCloud access. Most people would call that a tremendous bargain.

      Most vendors do not offer a fraction of the product functionality upgrades that Apple provides (mostly for free). In fact, many vendors do not upgrade their products at all – what you buy is what you get until you replace it. So I can’t see a lot of merit in bashing Apple.

  3. my problem with Photostream is the inability to allow for deletions of photos via my home computer. this is a real pain and it makes me nervous to have any data “put there.”

    1. an example, I have a nude photo of my ex girlfriend who got beat up by her former boyfriend, it was taken as physical evidence of the assault. I cannot delete this photo from Photo Stream.

          1. I have researched the same issue. It appears that the only way to eliminate those PhotoStream images is to turn off PhotoStream and reset it. That eliminates ALL of them though. It does seem crazy you can’t selectively delete or exclude images.

  4. … the last Snow Leopard computer under my control (my wife’s, both of my own having been upgraded) right now, I think I can explain why no automatic iCloud upgrade for SL systems.
    iCloud is a feature. The only changes Apple is making to SL are Security updates. iCloud is NOT a Security Update.
    That would be the logic.
    I have to agree … the logic doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. There are a lot of Leopard systems still out there (they just Will Not DIE!) that would welcome this new feature. Have mercy, Apple. If you are going to build systems that will last for many years, please treat those older systems as well as you do the competition.

  5. I have an iPad, an iPhone 4S, and a fairly recent iMac I7. I cannot use iCloud, because I don’t want to lose my Power PC apps.
    PC users can use iCloud? . . . How is this fair, . . . or even smart?

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