Based on the update release notes, Apple appears to be introducing the iCloud Passwords add-on for Chrome in the list of new features, allowing iCloud Keychain passwords to be used across Windows devices.
The update adds support for adding iCloud passwords to Google Chrome. After installing iCloud for Windows version 12 via the Microsoft Store, a new passwords section appears in the app with the logo iCloud Keychain.
When trying to use the feature, iCloud prompts users to download a Chrome extension, but the extension is disabled and clicking to install leads to a broken webpage.
Searching the Chrome Web Store for the extension does not reveal anything, and it appears that Apple may have launched the iCloud update for Windows a little prematurely.
There is a new password sync option when opening the app, and checking the box will bring up a sign-in prompt, along with a two-factor authentication request.
And according to Apple’s support page, you need to turn on two-factor authentication in order for your account to access the feature, which might be a good choice because, in theory, you’re syncing all of your passwords.
This is likely to be a bug that will be addressed in the near future, and it appears that when it works, Windows users can access their iCloud keychain passwords via Windows devices through the Google Chrome browser.
And if you can’t wait, you can always switch to the dedicated password manager, but the process of transferring all your passwords is a hassle if you use iCloud Keychain.
The access of iCloud Keychain to the Chrome browser marks the first time that the password management feature has appeared outside of a Mac, allowing users to make the most of it.
It is not clear whether Apple will offer this add-on for Mac computers in the future as well, and it appears at the present time that it is limited to Windows to make it easier for many people who use it via iPhone or iPad devices.