Microsoft continues to improve multimedia apps in Windows 11 to make them more useful for users. This time around, the Photos app has a background blur feature, as well as a portrait mode that has become commonplace on smartphones and the ability to search for content in a photo in OneDrive.
Windows 11 users have often criticized Microsoft for replacing the old Photos app with a new one, pointing out that it has less useful features. For example, the old version of the app could be used to search for images based on specific scenes when synced with OneDrive. Simply put, users could use Photos to search for images stored in cloud storage. Now this option is available in the updated Photos application.
The developers also brought back the Spot Fix function to the application, which allows you to remove spots or other objects from photos using an algorithm based on a neural network. The most noticeable innovation, however, was the introduction of the background blur function. To do this, simply open a photo in edit mode, separate the subject from the background and click the “Blur Background” button. The application automatically separates the selected object and blurs the background, and the user can change the blur intensity according to their own preferences.
At this point, these innovations are implemented in the beta version of the photography application, available to Insiders on the Dev and Canary channels. It is not yet known when they will appear in stable versions of the application.