Ahead of the launch of Windows 11 next week, Microsoft is finalizing many aspects of the platform in preview. Among them are new native applications that match the UI and design of Windows 11. That includes the new Photos app, which is running through the preview process.

A couple of weeks ago, Windows 11’s Photos app was added to the Dev channel for testing. Microsoft is now moving the app to Insiders on the Beta and Release Preview channel. That means it is now on the testing ring ahead of launching officially.

Aside from matching the Flow aesthetic of Windows 11, the new Photos experience also adds WinUI 2.6 controls. Other new additions include more ways to view a photo and Mica effects. Microsoft is also adding a better cropping menu and faster access to the details page.


Microsoft will launch the finished new Photos app alongside Windows 11, which will start reaching users on October 5. It will be a staged launch over the coming couple of months, so not everyone will get the platform immediately.

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Of course, there are also some who will never get it on current hardware. Microsoft has taken a tough stance on device compatibility, especially with TPM 2.0 requirements. Other stipulations, such as CPU, may be easier to overcome at the users’ risk.

As well as new native apps, Windows 11 will add Android app support, a new Microsoft Store, integrated Microsoft Teams, a new design, and much more. Microsoft will also launch its new hardware alongside the platform, the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio.  

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