A few days ago, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay announced an updated Photos app, which is the default image viewer on Windows. Now it has become known that it has become available to some insiders using Windows 11 as part of the Insider Program.
According to reports, the Photos tool will not make it into the stable build of Windows 11, which will go public on October 5th. Instead, developers will later add the app to the Microsoft Store, from where it can be downloaded as needed. As for the application itself, it received an updated design with elements of WinUI, due to which its appearance was brought in line with the user interface of the software platform.
After launching the Photos application, the user has access to five main sections: Collection, Albums, People, Folders, and Video Editor. By default, the “Collection” section opens, showing all images sorted by creation date. Note the presence of a simple video editor with which you can add text or any effects to the video.
The application has an updated toolbar, all elements of which are centered and placed in a separate area. Here you can also carry out basic editing of photos, including crop them, rotate them, apply filters to them, etc.
There is a separate “Draw” tool, the use of which will allow you to make changes to the photo using the mouse, stylus or finger, if you are using a device with touch control. The panel with information about opened files is now placed on the right and brought in line with the general interface. In addition, the Photos application now allows you to compare up to four images at the same time.
The updated Photos tool began rolling out to users of test builds of Windows 11 this week. This means that it may not be available to all members of the Microsoft Insider Program at this time.