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Photos App on Windows 10 Receives a Major Update With Video Editing, Search and More


Microsoft has released a pretty useful update for its Photos app on Windows 10 PC, This update (version 2017.35063.131610.0) is now rolling out to users on official Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063.540 or higher and adds a significant number of cool new features.

This update adds the ability to edit videos. So if you have a large number of photos from a recent trip, bundle them inside an album and the Photos app will automatically create a ready to share clip for you to share with your friends and family in no time.

Here are some screenshots of how it looks like in action.
Photos app Albums
Photos app

Photos app

Photos app
Photos app

Additionally, Microsoft has incorporated Search & Find functionality within the Photos app. This is not an ordinary search feature but more of powered by machine learning. This feature is turned on by default and starts to tag each and every photo present under the chosen folder (under Settings).

It works well, for the most part, however, slows down the app navigation a little bit since the service works in the background and remains busy identifying objects/people in the pictures etc.

Photos app

On the other hand, you will find a pretty similar option under the Settings screen, which is People. This, when turned on, allows naming and grouping of people in your photos and videos with the help of face detection and recognition. As you can see below, the service has recognised Joe Belfiore in my photo library and if needed I can browse all his photos in one go.

This is very much similar to iCloud or Google Photos app, and now Microsoft has finally applied the same technology to the Photos to make it smarter.

Photos Search - Joe Belfiore

This update also lets you choose as to what happens when you rotate the mouse wheel. You can either rotate the wheel to move back and forth images or select to zoom in and out of an image. Find it in the Settings.

Try out these new features and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Find the update in the Windows Store below.

Microsoft Photos
Microsoft Photos
Developer: Microsoft Corporation
Price: Free+
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