Microsoft Photos app gets new features for Windows 10 users

By: George Finley
2 minute read

Microsoft  recently released an update for the photos app in Windows 10 on the Fast Ring of its Insider program. This comes together with a new design for the PC version of the app, much to the satisfaction of many fans. For the mobile version, the update now lets you choose a lighter theme if you want to change something or remain with the original dark theme.

For PC gamers, the update gets rid of the Microsoft hamburger button and instead opts for a more intuitive pivot interface. The Segoe UI font by Microsoft now replaces the bold fonts just as happened with the Windows 10 Mobile Photos and People. Also, they added some new animations to the app. Of course, you also get the chance to choose between the dark/light/system theme options too.

The newer animations indeed offer a better and more pleasant experience for users. You can download the update from the store, but the downside is that you will have to be an Insider in order to work with the latest build available.

Though these are definitely some interesting features, many users complain they need other changes for  better functionality. One user commented they would need to receive some standard features for the app, not just some design adjustments. Others added that they would need maps location, face recognition or a different thumbnail size instead of new themes, for instance.

It seems that people want to get back what they received in the Live extension suite several years ago. Moreover, people seem to be annoyed by the fact that every update Microsoft brings removes some features, leaving the app and the system working worse than it did before the update. It remains to be seen whether the company will listen to its fans or not.

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