Like many of its features, Windows 11 is also getting an updated Photos application. The announcement was first made by the company's Panos Panay, who recently received a promotion. The feature began gradually rolling out to the Dev Channel insiders with Build 22458 and now, the Beta and the Release Preview channels are also starting to receive the all-new Photos app too.
This was shared by Microsoft MVP Richard Hay on Twitter:
Hey - check this out - looks like the new Photos app is now available for Windows 11 Beta and Release Preview channels. pic.twitter.com/cqXE5tEUkJ— Richard Hay (@WinObs) September 26, 2021
Hence insiders who are currently flighting the Windows 11 Beta and Release Preview channels should be on the lookout for the Photos app on their systems.
Microsoft says it has made several changes to the application. The new Photos app has been redesigned such that it matches the rounded corner style in Windows 11. The Mica theme has also been added to it.
There's a new "filmstrip" view (image below on the left) that allows for easier navigation between the images in a folder or any such location. Selecting multiple photos from the filmstrip window activates the "multi-view" option (image below on the right) which allows the user to compare various photos on the same window.
The editing toolbar has also been updated which now allows access to several third-party editing tools as well. Microsoft also says that handling and making adjustments to images has also been made easier with the new Photos app. You can find more details about it here.