updated 02:44 pm EDT, Tue July 10, 2012
Will bring parity with upcoming Mac, iOS upgrades
Apple has begun seeding an iCloud Control Panel 2.0 beta to developers, reports note. The release adds important features to the Control Panel, which is essential for iCloud support on Windows; the finished release should ensure that Windows users are on par with Mac and iOS users. One key change is support for shared Photo Streams; v2.0 also introduces built-in calendar notifications, and the ability to create or respond to shared invitations through Outlook.
The beta also attempts to improve "invitation behavior," and allows access to icloud.com via both the Control Panel and the Windows Start menu. It meanwhile fixes bugs linked to adding reminders to events, and the reliability of iCloud Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders/Tasks in general.