Microsoft Photos gains internet powered “Similar Search” feature thanks to Bing

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Microsoft is adding another nifty new feature to its Photos app for Windows 10 devices. The company is adding a “Search for similar images in Bing” option in the right-click context menu that can be accessed from the selected image screen.

According to MSPoweruser, the update should be live to all users of the Photos app on Windows 10. However, only some of our machines have picked up the update so far, one of which is running the Photos Preview program.

To begin a similar search and share the image with Bing, you’ll have to agree to allow the company to process the file online, as well as potentially use it to improve its search engine image processing services. The company has been big on privacy settings lately, so rest assured you won’t have to worry about prying eyes looking at your private photos without your consent.

From our brief experience, the feature seems to still be broken, as sharing an image brings a blank white browser screen with no results. If this is the case for all users, it’s doubtful that Microsoft has pushed it to anyone except potentially a small handful of people to see what they think before they release it to everyone.

In addition to the new search powered by Bing, Microsoft has also improved the video editor with new animated text styles—Simple, Quiet, Cinema, and Bold— as well as a Duplicate Project option if you’d like to keep an extra copy.

If you’re interested, you can go ahead and download the latest update of the Photos app and let us know in the comments if you’re able to see the new menu option. Please keep in mind that right-clicking an image after you selected from your gallery will bring up the context menu with Similar Search with Bing as the last selection.

In addition, Microsoft is also working to bring automatic People tags and other quick editing tools to the Microsoft photos app to help put it closer to par with Google Photos and iCloud.

Microsoft Photos
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