Almost half of the PC users will not be able to access iCloud, with Apple barring WinXP users from iCloud, a report stated.

After Microsoft, now Apple is denying equal online footing to Windows XP users.

Apple will not give PC users access to iCloud - its great digital locker in the sky - if their machines are running Microsoft's aging but still popular Windows XP.

Tucked at the bottom of the iCloud announcement, Apple says you'll need a PC running Windows Vista or Windows 7 to jump into Steve Jobs' version of the interwebs, which means no Windows XP.

Outlook 2010 or 2007 are recommended for accessing contacts and calendars.

Microsoft was the first to stick it to Windows XP users with Internet Explorer 9. The latest version of Microsoft's browser, released this year, does not - and will never - run on Windows XP. Microsoft is trying to steer people towards Windows 7, said the report.