Windows Users Get Access to iCloud Drive Before Mac Users
Article by George Norman
On 22 Sep 2014
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite (and iOS 8) introduces iCloud Drive, a feature that lets you safely store files in the cloud and access your files from multiple devices. But this article isn’t about Apple’s Yosemite operating system – it’s about Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

You see, an upgraded version of iCloud for Windows has recently been rolled out to the public. It gives Windows users early access to iCloud Drive.


OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be rolled out to the public sometime this fall. It comes with lots of new features, including a redesigned interface, the option to make iPhone calls from your Mac, and iCloud Drive, feature that is built into the Finder and helps you safely store files in the cloud.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite isn’t out yet, but iOS 8 is! Among various new features, iOS 8 also comes with iCloud Drive. But, if you upgrade to iOS 8, you should resist the temptation to upgrade to iCloud Drive. You see, iCloud Drive isn’t available for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, it’s only available for OS X 10.10 Yosemite – which isn’t out yet! So if you upgrade to iCloud Drive on iOS 8, you won’t be able to sync your iPhone with your Mac!

That’s if you have an iPhone and a Mac. But if you have an iPhone and a Windows PC, then no problem! You see, Apple released an upgraded version of iCloud for Windows to the public, version that gives Windows users early access to iCloud Drive.

Download iCloud for Windows from, install it on your Windows-powered PC, and you will see an option to enable iCloud Drive from iCloud’s interface.

Once you enable iCloud Drive, you can use it to:
  • Store documents in iCloud.
  • Access your documents from any of your devices.
  • Keep files and folders up to date across all your devices.
  • Create new files and folders from iCloud-enabled apps.
  • Work on the same file across multiple apps.
Additional info on iCloud Drive is available here.

In related news, you may want to know that Microsoft is courting iPhone users who don’t have enough storage space to upgrade to iOS 8. Microsoft is inviting iPhone users to install OneDrive and get 30GB of cloud storage space.

Tags: Apple, iCloud, iCloud Drive, OS X 10.10, Yosemite, iOS 8
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