Microsoft Redesigns Photos App in new roll out

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  • New redesigned photos app begins to roll out in the Dev channel.
  • The goal is to make the app more fun and enjoyable.
  • The app now has access to third party links.

The newly redesigned Photos app for Microsoft has finally started to toll out in the Dev channel. Microsoft released a teaser last week but now the real deal is underway.

It has been a while since the Photos app last had a revamp so the improved features must be something to look forward to.

Improved features

According to Dave Grochocki of Microsoft, the redesign will make the app faster and more enjoyable to users. The interface will also be simpler and easy to navigate. Some of the notable features you can expect to find in the app include:

Improved design – The new look is more natural with rounded corners and updated typography. It has now been equipped with more theme-aware color palettes.

Improved photo viewing experience – as a default photo viewer for a majority of Windows users, the pictures are now displayed to the edges. There is also an update editing toolbar with pen support. Users can also put photos side by side for comparison with the multi-view experience and a new filmstrip to make it easier to navigate.

Third part photo editors – users can also access third party editors within the app. If you need more editing features, you can install additional apps with the added links. 

These features may seem basic at first glance but considering the last time the app was updated, and it was a mouse function update, this is a great start. Perhaps after the official release of Windows 11, more updates that are not rushed will appear.

What more features would you like to see on the Photos App? Let us know in the comment section below.