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Windows 11 preview shakes up Photos app

Windows 11 preview shakes up Photos app

Microsoft has provided updates to its Photos app for Windows 11. Windows 11 users participating in the Insider Program can now download this updated app.

The preview of the updated app has changes to the interface in a way that was desired by many. Some of these improvements are not visible in the interface, instead focusing on the inner workings of the app. More noticeable changes to the menu include support for sharing options via “Share” and being able to start a slideshow via “Start Slideshow”.

Improvements under the hood

The Photos app for Windows 11 now uses a new image editing tool under the hood, which is based on the one used by OneDrive. This should bring a number of benefits to the Windows 11 app, including WebGL support for improved image rendering, easy sharing of photos via SharedBuffer, and support for a more up-to-date version of Chromium.

Furthermore, using OneDrive’s image editing tool improves AI Service performance. This is because sending pixel buffers between the web editor and the Native App for AI inference is now faster.

Other updates

Other important updates to the Microsoft Photos app for Windows 11 include zooming from 10 to 800 percent with a new ruler. Users can now see the size and dimensions of their photos at the bottom of the screen.

Furthermore, they can more easily determine when they want to transfer photos or videos from their devices. This should give users more control over the import process.

The new features are gradually being rolled out permanently in the Photos app. The app update can be downloaded from the Windows 11 Store.

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