Microsoft has announced that Apple TV and Apple Music apps will come to Windows PCs next year. The company will be releasing their early beta previews on the Microsoft Store soon. Additionally, the Apple Music app is now available for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles.
Currently, Windows PCs do not support Apple TV and Apple Music apps. To access Apple TV, users have to fire up tv.apple.com in a web browser, which isn’t exactly the best way to view videos. Similarly for Apple Music, users will have to visit music.apple.com. Users will no longer have to make do with sub-optimal Apple TV and Apple Music experiences once Windows supports native apps.
“For the last few years Windows customers who have Android phones have experienced that promise with integration across messaging, calling and photos directly to their Windows PC, bringing the two most important devices in their lives closer together,” Microsoft stated. “We’re making it easier than ever for customers to access their iPhone photos and the entertainment they love from Apple on their Xbox and Windows devices,” the software giant added.
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Additionally, the Windows 11 Photos app is getting iCloud integration. With this, Windows users will be able to view their iCloud Photo Library right within the Windows Photos app.
Prior to the integration, browsing iCloud Photos was a convoluted process. PC users would have to first download the iCloud Photos with the iCloud for Windows app. This would open up the library in the file explorer. With the Photos app getting iCloud integration, users will be able to browse their pictures without any hassle. Members of the Windows Insider program can try out the beta version of this integration before the public version is rolled out in the next few months.
The Apple-Microsoft partnership has also brought the Apple TV app to the Xbox, along with calendar and contacts syncing with Windows. The two companies are also narrowing the divide between Windows and iCloud, offering support for more Apple apps on PCs.