Microsoft updates Windows 11 Photos app with new features

The new Microsoft Photos app in Windows 11 allows users to view, organise, and share photos from their PC, OneDrive, and iCloud.


Microsoft has started rolling out an update to the Photos app in Windows 11 which includes a broad set of new features, improvements, and fixes based on feedback. The update is rolling out to Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels. Also Read - LinkedIn rolls out verifications to save job seekers from fraud: Here's how it works

The Photos app in Windows 11 allows users to view, organise, and share photos from their PC, OneDrive, and iCloud. With this update, Microsoft has introduced features like a slideshow experience, timeline scrollbar, and spot fix. With the slideshow experience, users can now relive their memories and view photos in a slideshow format, complete with transitions, animations, and 25 original music soundtracks to choose from. Also Read - How to transfer all emails from Gmail to Outlook: A step-by-step guide

According to the company, this was the top requested feature by the community since launching the new Photos app in Windows 11. Moreover, the tech giant introduced the timeline scrollbar feature to the All Photos, OneDrive, and iCloud Photos gallery views which groups photos by year and month. Also Read - Two lakh tech employees have lost jobs in 2023 so far: Report

With the scrollbar, users can now easily jump to any point in time and find the photos they want. Now, users can use the spot-fix feature to remove blemishes or unwanted areas from their photos.

In other improvements, the company has fixed an issue where the audio in video files was muted by default. The app now plays audio by default and persists user settings across videos.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has rolled out the Phone Link feature for iOS to all Windows 11 users with iMessage support in 39 languages across 85 markets globally. This new feature will allow the connection between a Windows 11 PC and an iOS mobile device, enabling users to easily connect with their contacts.


  • Published Date: May 5, 2023 9:03 PM IST
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