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The updated Photos app is now available in Beta and Release Preview channels

Earlier this month, Panos Panay, head of Windows and Surface devices, announced a redesigned Photos app for Windows Insiders. Shortly after that, the update reached Windows Insiders in the Dev channel. After brief initial testing, Microsoft starts rolling out the new Photos app for more testers. If you have already moved from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in Beta or Release Preview channels, the updated Photos app is now available for download from the Microsoft Store.

The redesigned Photos app for Windows 11 brings several UI and UX changes. First, the program now offers a better design with more Windows 11-styled bits and pieces. Similar to other stock applications, the Photos app received a fancy new Mica design and rounded corners. As for features, users can now utilize a "Filmstrip" view with improved navigation and small previews for all photos inside a single folder. Also, selecting pictures on the filmstrip enables a multi-image view, allowing you to compare several photos.

Another change in the new Photos app is an updated editing toolbar. It provides you with access to popular tools, such as crop, favorite, rotation, touch-up, metadata, inking, etc. Besides, you can access third-party editing tools from other apps, such as Picsart, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Affinity Photo, and more.

You can download the redesigned Photos app for Windows 11 from the Microsoft Store. Learn more about how to update programs in Windows 11 using our dedicated article. Also, here is the link to a post on the official Windows Blog website, where Microsoft details all the new features in the Photos application for Windows 11.

Windows 11 will be available for the general public on October 5, 2021. Alongside the new OS, Microsoft will launch Office 2021 and a bunch of recently announced Surface Devices: Surface Pro 8, Surface Pro X, and Surface Laptop Studio.

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