Photos is a Windows Store app and has received major feature updates. Photos has Microsoft Sway integration and can use selected photos as a source for creating a Sway. Photos also allows sharing of photos by uploading them to OneDrive, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, GroupMe, and emails. Unlike Photo Gallery, Photos does not have integration with Movie Maker and cannot directly interact with it.
Photos has two interfaces, a management interface and a viewing interface.
Photos' management interface only allows a single window to be open.
Photos provides the ability to organize digital photo collection in its gallery view by selecting photos and arranging photos by albums. The default view is Collection, which is sorted by date. Users can also view items by Album or Folder view. Album view shows both auto-generated and user-generated albums. Folder view displays files based on their location in File Explorer. Users can choose which folders to display.
Users can choose what folders are displayed and which files are placed in albums. They can also see their total used OneDrive space in the Settings section.
Photos provides basic photo editing functions, such as:
Exposure or color correction
Resizing and cropping
Users can edit with a sidebar similar to the one in Google Photos, which allows them to adjust the photo's shadows, highlights, sharpness, and filters. Further, Photos also allows users to trim, slow down, and save photos from videos.
Photo editing technologies developed by Microsoft Research, including Panoramic stitching, Photo Fuse, and AutoCollage are not currently included in Photos. Neither is the ability to batch resize photos, where multiple photos can be resized in one single action, nor the ability to rotate videos.
Unlike Photo Gallery, which auto saves edits, Photos only saves when a user clicks the Save or Save As button. Additionally, Photos allows users to compare the original file to the file with unsaved changes and to save the photo with a different name and location.
Photos' photo/video import tool provides the ability to view and select photos that are automatically grouped by date-taken and choose where the files are saved.
Photos can show individual pictures, display all pictures in a folder as a slide show, reorient them in 90 increments or through a granular control, print them either directly or via an online print service, send them in e-mail or save them to a folder or disc. Windows Photo Viewer supports images in BMP, JPEG, JPEG XR (formerly HD Photo), PNG, ICO, GIF, RAW, PANO, and TIFF file formats.