Microsoft has released the Preview of the new Photos app for Insiders. It benefits from a new interface, but loses some features.
Although Microsoft began a few days ago the deployment of the Windows 11 22H2 Update, Panos Panay, the head of Windows specified that certain news would not arrive before October. Among these, the new version of the Photos application, described as a new experience in the way of managing your images.
We now know a bit more about this new version as Microsoft has just started its rollout in Preview for Windows Insiders within the developer channel. This new version of the Photos app introduces a new image gallery designed by Microsoft to simplify browsing, searching, and managing your photo albums. Thus, the application’s navigation system has been deported to a much easier to understand side column, a model similar to the one that exists in Google Photos or in the macOS Photos application.
If the previous version of Photos could only display content stored on OneDrive, Microsoft offers in its new version an option to automatically save imported images to its online storage service. Also, it is now possible to display “Memories” directly from OneDrive in the app. Like memories from Google Photos and Apple Photos, Microsoft’s Photos app can now generate little memory slideshows that highlight your past photos and videos stored on OneDrive.
Microsoft also promises to be more productive with a multi-window display that can be displayed on multiple screens. For the rest, the app still allows you to control the remaining storage space on OneDrive and still allows the import of content from a smartphone or camera.
Video editing features that disappear
Unfortunately for users, the arrival of this new version, which will replace the previous one, may change their habits a bit. In fact, Microsoft has indicated that the basic editing features previously built into Photos are disappearing. It will no longer be possible to cut, shorten or generate a small montage with transitions in Photos. A loss that risks making people tremble, but that Microsoft justifies with the arrival of clipchampits video editing tool now installed natively in Windows 11. However, we have good news: the old Photos app, which integrates the Video Editor, will still be available for download in the Microsoft Store.