Microsoft rolls out Windows App SDK-Powered Photos app for Insiders

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  • The move to WASDK signals Microsoft’s commitment to modernizing its core applications.
Microsoft Windows Photos app

Microsoft today began releasing a preview version of its Windows Photos app. This update leverages the Windows App SDK (WASDK), marking a shift to the company’s latest development platform. Windows Insiders participating in the Canary and Dev Channels will be the first to experience the enhancements.

The revamped Photos app promises a modernized interface alongside significant performance and quality gains. Users can expect to find all existing features intact while Microsoft continues to refine the preview experience.

The move to Windows App SDK (WASDK) signals Microsoft’s commitment to modernizing its core applications. It aligns with a broader trend in Windows development, ensuring greater consistency and performance improvements across apps.

To participate in the preview, Windows Insiders can update their Photos app to version 2024.11040.1002.0.

The Windows App SDK (WASDK) offers a suite of tools to power modern Windows desktop experiences. Key features include WinUI 3 for streamlined interfaces and DWriteCore for enhanced text rendering. App lifecycle management helps control app instances, activations, and power state awareness. Push and local notifications can also be integrated seamlessly.