Apple introduced their new cloud hosting and synchronization service iCloud two days ago. We have covered Apple's iCloud service on the date of announcement, but we have looked at the features mostly. To paraphrase what has been written: Apple iCloud will give iTunes users online space to store their purchases in the cloud, to access them from up to ten different authorized devices. Users from the US can furthermore pay an annual $24.99 subscription fee to bring music that they have not purchased on iTunes to the cloud.
But what about the system requirements of the service? We know that iTunes is needed to use iCloud. The latest iTunes 10.3 is compatible with Windows XP Service Pack 2 and newer versions and editions of the Microsoft operating system.
When you look at the iCloud website on the other hand, you will notice different requirements at the bottom of the page:
Features are subject to change. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices. See www.apple.com/legal/itunes/ww/ for more information. Some features of iCloud require iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2, or a Mac computer with OS X Lion or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 recommended). Some music features of iCloud are available in beta now in the U.S. only and require iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2, or a Mac or PC with iTunes 10.3. Download iTunes 10.3 free.
Notice the part about Windows compatibility of the service? Apple explicitly mentions Windows Vista and Windows 7 as the only two Microsoft operating systems supported by iCloud. While that does not necessarily mean that Windows XP users cannot use iCloud at all, it at least means that Apple will not answer support requests for the unsupported operating system.
Windows XP users: Have you signed up for the iCloud service yet? What's your experience with the service?
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