Hands On Microsoft Photos App in Windows 11

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Windows 11 is coming on October 5. Micorsoft started updating Apps for the new OS. In addition to Snip & Sketch and the new Paint, Photos App is expected to be a core experience of OS. Recently, Panos Panay showed off the first look of redesigned Photos App, it is now rolling out to insiders.

Windows 11 Redesigned Photos App hands-on

It’s worth noting Microsoft Photos is a basic Photo Viewer and Editing App. While the functionality remained very much the same as in Windows 10, it now sports a new design to match the look and feel of Windows 11.

Windows 11 Micorsoft Photos App controls on top

Here is what we noticed new in Windows 11 Photos app in our testing:

  • Photos app redesigned to match with the visual design of Windows 11. This included rounded corners and Mica material. Microsoft says “the new visual design also includes updated typography styling (border) and new theme-specific color palettes”.
  • The App brings a new photo viewing experience and an updated toolbar for editing.
  • Photo editing toolbar with a multitude of options allows making adjustments easier.
  • Microsoft is integrating Image Editors such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Paintshop Pro, Affinity Photo into the Photos app. If you’ve any of these installed on Windows 11, you can able to launch them with one click from Photos and edit images.
  • new multi-view lets you compare photos in the same window.
  • Comes with Dark mode enabled by default.
  • The app interface consists of these sections: Collections, Albums, People, Folders, and Video Editor
  • When you open an image in the folder and press the left mouse click, the editing toolbar appears at the top and a filmstrip with other photos in the folder is displayed at the bottom.
  • Controls are compact and centered at the top for quick and easy access.
  • You’ll be allowed to select multiple images and they all appear on the same screen.
  • The editing toolbar floats on the screen.
  • The file information option shows the photo metadata such as camera model, date and time when the photo was taken, and photo size on the right side of the App window.
  • The Photos app allows you to resize images for profile pictures and thumbnails, emails and messages as well as let you set custom dimensions.
  • The app version number is 2021.21090.9002.0.

Windows 10 has replaced Windows Photo Viewer with Photos. Users never liked it. It just crashes, freezes, and appears with a white screen sometimes.

Windows 11 Micorsoft Photos App controls and options

Microsoft is now updating the Photos App in Windows 11 with a redesign, hope it doesn’t disappoint users in design as well as performance-wise.

Windows 11 Micorsoft Photos App image informtion on right side

As mentioned at the outset, the Micorsoft Photos app is now rolling out to insiders, launch Windows 11 Store and open library, and check for updates.

Windows 11 Photos App Edit image Crop and the filters

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