Windows XP users will finally need to upgrade to enter the iCloud and use of Apple’s iCloud service on a PC will require either Windows Vista or Windows 7. Apple’s only extended support for the Mac version of iTunes 10.3 back to OS X 10.5, but iTunes 10.3 and MobileMe both include Windows XP in the support list, it looks like Apple is shifting support away from the older OS……..
Apple has announced that it will not allow Windows XP users access to its digital locker, iCloud and states that users would have to have Windows Vista or Windows 7 to gain access. Apple published Windows system requirements for iCloud are a bit different than they are for MobileMe and the current version of iTunes. Per the company’s press release:
Using iCloud with a PC requires Windows Vista or Windows 7; Outlook 2010 or 2007 is recommended for accessing contacts and calendars.
While iTunes 10.3 and MobileMe both include XP SP 2 in the support list, it looks like the next stop on the road to the cloud is a no-go for the older OS. Apple‘s backwards-compatibility on iTunes 10.3 only goes back four years for its own operating system, it’s kind of surprising that the ten-year-old XP has stayed on the short list for as long as it has. So some PC users will search for alternatives to Apple‘s tools for iOS support (assuming that iTunes itself will move up to match the iCloud specification).