Apple is planning to drop support for Windows XP with its upcoming iCloud system.
Apple introduced its iCloud service on Monday. Apple claims its new iCloud service is “the cloud the way it should be: automatic and effortless.” Apple has integrated iCloud into several iOS applications and will ship the enhancements as part of its new iOS 5 operating system. iCloud will store content and make it accessible to iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac or PC devices. Apple is also providing 5GB of free storage, purchased music, apps, photos and books don’t count against the free storage.
Apple’s Windows requirements for iCloud are different to its current MobileMe and iTunes requirements. TUAW spotted that iCloud PC users will have to run Windows Vista or Windows 7 in order to utilise the service. Apple is also recommending Outlook 2007 or 2010 to access contacts and calendars from iCloud. The lack of Windows XP support is noteworthy. Microsoft’s 10 year-old operating system is still widely used on home and business PCs across the world. However, Microsoft is slowly phasing out support for XP across its new products and services, favoring Windows 7 and more up-to-date browsers like Internet Explorer 9.