Microsoft has rolled out the Preview of the new Photos app to Insiders. It benefits from a new interface, but loses some features.
While Microsoft began the deployment of Windows 11 update 22H2 a few days ago, Panos Panay, the Windows boss specified that certain new features would not arrive before October. Among these, the new version of the Photos application, described as a new experience in the way of managing its images.
We now know a little more about this new version since Microsoft has just started its deployment in Preview to Windows Insiders members within the developer channel. This new version of the Photos application inaugurates a new image gallery designed by Microsoft to simplify navigation, research and management of your photo albums. Thus the navigation system of the application has been deported in a side column much easier to understand, a model similar to what exists on Google Photos or on the Photos application of macOS.
If the old version of Photos was only able to display content stored on OneDrive, Microsoft offers in its new version an option to automatically save imported images to its online storage service. In addition, it is now possible to display “Memories” directly from OneDrive in the application. Much like memories from Google Photos and Apple Photos, Microsoft’s Photos app can now generate little keepsake slideshows highlighting your photos and videos from the past 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 application still allows you to keep an eye on the remaining storage space on OneDrive and still allows the import of content from a smartphone or a camera.
Disappearing Video Editing Features
Unfortunately for users, the arrival of this new version, which will replace the old one, may upset their habits somewhat. Microsoft has indeed indicated that the basic editing functions previously integrated 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 cringe, but that Microsoft justifies by the arrival of clipchampits video editing tool now installed natively in Windows 11. Good news, however, the old Photos application, which integrates the Video Editor, will remain available for download on the Microsoft Store.