Hands on with Microsoft’s new Photos app for Windows 11

New Windows 11 Photos app

Ahead of Windows 11 launch, Microsoft has started testing a new
design for several inbox apps, such as
Snipping Tool,
Paint, and Photos app. Microsoft Photos app is getting a
major facelift with WinUI and Fluent Design, and it is now
available for some testers.

Microsoft recently teased the new Photos app on Windows 11 and
it’s now rolling out to Windows Insiders. Most likely, the new
Photos app won’t be included in the operating system heading
out to consumers on October 5, but users will be able to grab
the update from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Photos app now features rounded corners and WinUI
controls to align with the rest of the operating system. The
Photos app still comes with a clean interface and it’s
segmented into five main sections: Collection, Albums, People,
Folders, and Video Editor (built into the app).

Photos app interface

Collection, which is the default view of the Photos app,
organizes everything by date. On the other hand, Albums
includes a set of photos automatically generated by the app or
created by you. Folders categories the photos by file location,
and the editor lets you add texts or special effects to the

New controls and editing interface

From any section of the Photos app, you can click on an
individual picture to access the new interface.

Photos toolbar

There are some exciting changes as part of the revamp. For
example, we’re getting a new toolbar with all the options
aligned at the center and it’s a floating menu.

If you click on the edit image option, Photos open the Crop &
Rotate view and it contains the most basic editing functions.

Photos app crop edit

For example, you can change the straightening with a slider and
modify the aspect ratios for your crop. You can also rotate the
image, apply filters, and more. These options are more easily

There’s a separate button called “draw” that lets you make
changes to the photo with a mouse, stylus, or finger.

New info panel

The info panel now appears on the right side of the window and
it can be accessed directly from the floating menu. It has also
received WinUI changes. For example, each section has been
updated with an icon so it is now easier to read the

Photos app info

Comparison tool and editor

Compare Photos

As shown in the above screenshot, you can now easily compare up
to four photos in the Photos app.

The new Photos app is still rolling out and everybody should be
able to try out the new experience in the coming weeks.

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