Microsoft Pushes Windows Photos update with Stunning Features

Windows Photos Update

Microsoft has started to roll out Windows Photos update to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels. This update brings in interesting features such as Background Blur including bug fixes and improvements.

Background Blur

With the help of Background Blur, you can make the subject of your photo to stand out from the crowd. You should open a photo in Edit mode and select the new Background Blur option. The Windows Photos update automatically locates the background in the photo. You can then instantly highlight your subject and blurs out the background with a single click. you can also personalize the effect by adjusting the Blur Intensity or by making use of the Brush Tool to modify the areas that are being blurred.

Microsoft OneDrive Enhancements

You can now quickly locate the photo you are looking based on the photo content. This is applicable for photos stored in OneDrive accounts. You should sign into your Microsoft account to make use of the new content search functionality. You can navigate to the OneDrive Personal section and provide the relevant keyword in the search bar located at the top. You can provide keywords such as Car, Beach, Vacation, and Birthday. Microsoft revealed that the search module will not work for new OneDrive accounts. This is because OneDrive still processes the photos. You can check back later to experience this new feature.

You can also locate photos based on the captured location. You will be able to experience this feature with all photos in your collection including the images stored in local file systems, iCloud, and Microsoft OneDrive. Windows Photos app also added the ability to view the video portion of Motion Photos that are captured on Samsung and Google devices.

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Microsoft also updated the up-sampling logic so that images no longer appear pixelated when zooming in by a large factor. Microsoft has added Touch support for slideshow. You can swipe left and right to easily navigate to the next photo in your slideshow.

The Edit and Create Video options are now easily accessible at the top of the Gallery view. The issue pertaining to iCloud photos app restart has been resolved. You will view photos stored on iCloud once you have enabled photo syncing in your iCloud for Windows app. You should update your Windows Photos update app to version number 2023.11090.13001.0 or higher to experience these new features and capabilities.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at