Apple Releases iCloud Control Panel for Windows

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Apple released iCloud Control Panel for Windows this week—as the name suggests, the utility allows Windows users to use and manage, “Photo Stream, Contacts and Calendars (Microsoft Outlook 2007 or later required) and Bookmarks (Safari 5.1.1 or Internet Explorer 8 or later required).”

iCloud Control Panel for Windows

iCloud Control Panel for Windows

iCloud is Apple’s cloud-based service that handles data synchronization between Apple’s iOS devices, Macs, and, in a more limited fashion, Windows PCs. Photo Stream is a branded service under the iCloud umbrella that makes photos that you take with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch available on all your devices and the Web at the same time.

It was released under version 1.0.1, and it is the successor to MobileMe Control Panel for Windows. It’s a 40.03MB download from Apple’s Downloads site.

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So Apple has made it possible for Windows Vista users to sync with iCloud but loyal Apple customers who have been buying Mac software since it was programmed to run on PPC chips are out in the cold. Vista was released on January 30, 2007. Its a nearly 5 year old operating system that was not adopted by many but Apple is supporting it. But in order to have Rosetta I run (and must keep running for a bit longer) Snow Leopard, which was released August 28, 2009. My OS is just over two years old, written AND SOLD by Apple, and yet they won’t support it for iCloud?

As a shareholder and a loyal user since I bought my 48K Apple ][+, I’m just about as disappointed as ever with Apple right now!


This is old news. It’s been out for about a month. Get with the times.

Bryan Chaffin

Alex, this version was released November 29th.


Sorry Bryan, I thought that this article was trying to say that the Windows iCloud control panel was just released. But after re-reading the article, I understand that it was just about the update.

David Atkinson

Any idea of what changed between version 1.0 and 1.0.1?  I’ve had to reinstall version 1.0 more than once when Photo Stream stopped working (reinstalling it made it work again).  I wonder if this was what they fixed.

Bryan Chaffin

No worries, Alex. It wouldn’t have been the first mistake I made today. smile

David, Apple offered no information on the specifics of the update.

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