iCloud has the particularity to work on both Mac OS X Lion and Windows. It offers direct access to your content in a synchronised way on your different devices (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad). To get it, simply log in using an Apple ID — usually used on the iTunes Store.
The storage space is limited to 5 GB and stores your emails (only.me addresses), calendars and tasks, contacts and your multimedia data including images via the photo stream or bookmarks of your web browser.
Of course, Mac OS X users benefit from direct integration into well-known apps such as iTunes, iCal, Address Book, Safari and iPhoto. The fact remains that Windows fans will not be left behind. However, it is necessary to have Microsoft Outlook for the calendar and tasks part.
Download iCloud for PC
Once the installation package has been downloaded, double-click it to start the installation process.
Click for the first time on Next. Check now I accept the terms of this license agreement then do Install.
Wait for a few moments, the time of installation.
To finish, click on Finish.
Configuration of iCloud
A first screen asks you to enter your login credentials. Indicate your Apple ID, the one you usually use on the iTunes Store or App Store.
You can create free from Apple website if you need it.
To confirm, do Log in.
Notice the appearance of an icon in the notification box, located at the bottom right of your screen.
Now we need to check the items that will be available streaming on your different devices.
In my case, I opted for a favorite synchronisation with Internet Explorer — no way to choose the browser, and the photo stream. The photo stream is stored directly in the directories Images and offers direct access to photos taken the last 30 days from your iPhone for example. They are available on all machines with iCloud.
By clicking on the button Options, you have additional options including:
- The photo download folder;
- The folder sending your photos;
Unlike iCloud on Mac OS X Lion, you don't have iWork document sharing, PC localisation and remote access — like a VPN.
If you lack disk space, you can buy it from Apple but be aware that your multimedia data is not counted in the total.
Finally, it is advisable to install iTunes that will allow you to access your apps, music and books.
iCloud is therefore the service offer cloud computing by Apple. In short, it allows access to your data from any device within 5 GB of storage (excluding multimedia content). It offers many features not mentioned as the service is rich and complex at the same time... but simple to use!