Microsoft shows off Windows 11’s redesigned Photos app

New Microsoft Photos app

Ahead of Windows 11’s October 5 launch, Microsoft is planning
to update the native apps with WinUI and Fluent Design
makeover. In addition to a
new Paint and
Snipping Tool, Windows 11 is also expected to ship with a
new Photos app, which should make it easier for users to
organise, find and edit their digital photos.

Unlike Windows Photos Viewer, the Photos app has been designed
to work with Microsoft’s cloud storage and it can sync photos
in real-time or help you get access to photos uploaded from
your other PCs and connected devices. It also comes with a
simple, touch-friendly interface and features like automatic
album creation.

With Windows 11, the Photos app is getting a new design, but it
will retain the core interface of its predecessor. The homepage
of the Photos app is still segmented into five main sections:
Collection, Albums, People, Folders, and Video Editor. From any
section, you can click on an individual photo and open it in a
new viewing screen.

At the moment, if you want to make changes to photos, you need
to hit Edit & Create, select Edit again and the Photos app
takes you to the Crop & Rotate view where you can find all
basic image editing functions.

Photos app toolbar

Thankfully, Microsoft’s redesigned Photos app will make these
editing features easily accessible.

Photos app’s editing feature will now float above the image,
providing users access to all basic image editing functions.
For example, there’s an icon that takes you to the Crop &
Rotate view. You can also use filters or use the AI-powered
Enhance tool. These options have been aligned at the center, so
they can be viewed easily on a touchscreen device.

Photos app timeline feature

Thanks to the new design, Photos app options are now easily
accessible. Your recent photos will appear across the bottom,
and you can easily view an image’s information like its size
and resolution/pixels. Microsoft has also enabled support for a
new feature that will allow users to view multiple photos at
the same time.

Photos app crop

As mentioned at the outset, the Microsoft Photos app has
retained its fundamentals, so you can expect all existing
features in the new version.

Overall, Microsoft Photos is a decent image viewer and editor
with all basic editing features, but the problem with the
existing app boils down to performance issues that result in a
buggy experience on low-end PCs.

At the moment, it’s not clear if Microsoft is also working on
performance and stability improvements for the native image
viewer app.

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