Microsoft is redefining Windows 11’s Photos app again


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Microsoft may have redesigned its Photos app last year to better match the Windows 11 aesthetic, but it’s now testing a new version with a slightly new look and a few other improvements.

Perhaps the most notable change is a new gallery view, which offers a different way to browse your photos. In a blog post, Microsoft’s Dave Grochocki says the updated view aims to make it easier to browse, find, manage, and consume the photos you have in your collection. The new app will also offer improvements to the “Memories” feature, though Grochocki’s blog post doesn’t detail exactly what’s different.

A Windows 11 window shows Microsoft's redesigned Photos app.  Behind is another window showing a large photo.
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The new gallery view in Microsoft’s redesigned Photos app for Windows 11. You can get a closer look on the Microsoft Blog.

The new app has one big drawback: you won’t be able to use the old app’s video editor. Instead, if you want to trim videos, Grochocki recommends using Clipchamp, the video-editing app he started bringing to Windows 11 in March after acquiring the app last year. That said, if you prefer how the legacy app works – including its video editor – the company still offers it on the Microsoft Store as “Microsoft Photos Legacy”.

The redesigned Photos app will be available to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel starting Wednesday. It will roll out to everyone in October, according to Microsoft and Windows devices manager Panos Panay. Perhaps it will arrive alongside some of the new Surface devices revealed at the October 12 event that Microsoft just announced?

While you wait for the new Photos app, you might want to check out Microsoft’s big update for Windows 11 released on Tuesday, which added things like improvements to Snap layouts and Start menu folders. . Tom Warren has covered the release in detail here.

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