Microsoft is preparing to roll out a major update to the Photos app to Windows 10 Insiders, expanding the current features and adding a few more.
Version 2017.39101.15230.0 for Windows 10 PC and tablets is set to bring along a number of public features, but also some which will only be available to select insiders who have to be invited.
The public one visible to all Insiders include:
- Premium content only available to Office 365 users, including Themes, Music and Special Effects.
- Story Enhancements
- A switch to request access to A/B testing.
More interesting are the hidden features:
- A Favorites section: Previously available on Windows 10 Mobile, users will now be able to favourite photos with a heart icon or pressing the F key.
- Stickers and Texts for Microsoft Photo Stories: As part of the Story Special Effects Collection (also known as Creations). Users can choose to add your own cute creations, eyeglasses, magical hats, traditional hats, even stools, vintage cars, dinosaurs and texts that are completely customizable (colour, size, transparency, etc.).
- A Companion Application for Android and iOS: Coming soon, Microsoft’s Companion Application for Android and iOS. This will allow the user to quickly transfer photos, pictures and videos from his smartphone to the Photos for Windows 10 application (the screenshot above).
The photos app is rapidly turning into the crown jewel of Windows 10’s UWP app collection, though with all this I think Microsoft has still not solved the issue of engagement on the desktop. If they can, however, entice users to show their photos on the desktop instead of passing their phone around I think Windows 10 users will be pleasantly surprised with what they find.