Apple Releases iCloud for Windows Update to Fix Incompatibility Issues

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Apple this afternoon released an update for iCloud for Windows, which is the iCloud software designed to run on the Windows operating system for those who have both Windows machines and own Apple devices.

iCloud for Windows version 7.8.1 is designed to fix compatibility issues with the latest version of Windows 10.


Earlier this month, Microsoft blocked the iCloud for Windows software from being downloaded by Windows users after Apple discovered an incompatibility that could result in problems updating Shared Albums after users upgraded to Windows 10 version 1809.

At the time, Microsoft said that it was working with Apple to provide a version of the iCloud software compatible with the latest version of Windows 10.

The fix isn't mentioned by Apple, but the company did revise a support document that had previously suggested iCloud for Windows was only compatible with Windows 10 through the April 2018 update rather than the most recent update.

Article Link: Apple Releases iCloud for Windows Update to Fix Incompatibility Issues
 

sbailey4

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Interesting the release notes state security issues addressed but the security document shows no CVE's addressed for 7.8.1 (only 7.8). Does not mention anything about the actual fix but this has been expected for a while now because of the Windows 1809 update and the compatibility issues between the two.
 

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Apple this afternoon released an update for iCloud for Windows, which is the iCloud software designed to run on the Windows operating system for those who have both Windows machines and own Apple devices.

iCloud for Windows version 7.8.1 is designed to fix compatibility issues with the latest version of Windows 10.


Earlier this month, Microsoft blocked the iCloud for Windows software from being downloaded by Windows users after Apple discovered an incompatibility that could result in problems updating Shared Albums after users upgraded to Windows 10 version 1809.

At the time, Microsoft said that it was working with Apple to provide a version of the iCloud software compatible with the latest version of Windows 10.

The fix isn't mentioned by Apple, but the company did revise a support document that had previously suggested iCloud for Windows was only compatible with Windows 10 through the April 2018 update rather than the most recent update.

Article Link: Apple Releases iCloud for Windows Update to Fix Incompatibility Issues
Still waiting to use my Outlook on my iPad and have access to my files...
 
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dukeblue219

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Wait...Microsoft blocked the update? Sounds kinda Apple-like, unless it was under Apple’s request.
I see how this writeup phrases it, but other reporting I've read all says it's the other way around. The MS update was breaking iCloud (accidentally, but because of poor programming on apples part) so MS blocked their update from installing on machines of folks who would be affected.
 

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im on 1809 and i get this error "There is a problem installing this Windows Installer package".
 

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I see how this writeup phrases it, but other reporting I've read all says it's the other way around. The MS update was breaking iCloud (accidentally, but because of poor programming on apples part) so MS blocked their update from installing on machines of folks who would be affected.
What I read is people with iCloud installed were not receiving the latest Windows 10 update (1809) (https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/11/latest-windows-10-update-breaks-windows-media-player-win32-apps-in-general). This update broke various programs (not sure if it's a bug or feature) so some people were happy they were blocked from the update because of iCloud.
 

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Windows is a competing operating system made by the company that just surpassed Apple as the most valuable company in the world. Fun fact: Windows + XBox + Surface line is still less than 40% of Microsoft's total revenue.
Or, to put that another way, Windows revenue is on a decline, the Surface lineup was never all that popular, and Microsoft's future focus has little to do with either of those two.
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I see how this writeup phrases it, but other reporting I've read all says it's the other way around. The MS update was breaking iCloud (accidentally, but because of poor programming on apples part) so MS blocked their update from installing on machines of folks who would be affected.
Correct. The article is misleading; Microsoft didn't "block the iCloud for Windows software from being downloaded by Windows users"; it blocked Windows being upgraded to 1809 if you have iCloud for Windows installed.
 

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Or, to put that another way, Windows revenue is on a decline, the Surface lineup was never all that popular, and Microsoft's future focus has little to do with either of those two.
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Correct. The article is misleading; Microsoft didn't "block the iCloud for Windows software from being downloaded by Windows users"; it blocked Windows being upgraded to 1809 if you have iCloud for Windows installed.
Actually, the article is misleading because iCloud for Windows has always had issues. Fun Fact: Microsoft responded by making OneDrive for Mac terrible.
 
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It’s also be nice if it could recognize APFS drives as well. This worked with HFS+ drives. Can’t set my MBP to reboot in macOS because the APFS partition isn’t recognized; forcing me to hold option key on reboot so I can select macOS again.