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Microsoft is testing new Photos app in Windows 11

Microsoft is testing new Photos app in Windows 11

After the release of what was the first feature update for Windows 11, which brought the operating system to version 22H2, Microsoft began testing a new application dedicated to photos in the Windows 11 development channel.

The new app, available to some Windows Insider testers, has been completely redesigned, also adding some long-requested features from the community.

The first thing that catches the eye of the new Windows 11 photo application is the gallery display, compared to the current version, which by the way was designed for Windows 10, the new interface simplifies the search and management of photos, also using various design elements characteristic of the latest version of the operating system, such as rounded corners, sidebar and new Mica graphic effects. It also comes with a new option dedicated to “memories”, which will be in charge of offering the user photographs of their past.

As for the OneDrive integration, the Redmond giant introduced the possibility to easily backup photos to its cloud storage service, a visual indicator was introduced in the sidebar to allow the user to monitor the space. In addition, a new cloud-shaped icon is placed on each photo, which will indicate to the user if the photo in question has been saved on OneDrive.

Other small additions have been made to the new app, which include new viewing options across multiple windows and screens, and the company is making it easier to import photos from cameras and smartphones directly from the photo app thanks to the new sidebar.

There is also information of new features coming to the new application, in particular the ability to create or edit quick videos with the previously integrated editor being removed, so you will have to rely on Clipchamp (the new video editor in Windows 11 ) or download the Microsoft Photos Legacy app directly from the Microsoft Store.

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