A new version of the photos app is being tested by Microsoft to see if it can match the look and feel of Windows 11.

A new gallery view is the most noticeable change. The updated view is meant to simplify browsing, finding, managing, and consuming the photos you have in your collection, according to a post by Microsoft. There will be improvements to theMemories feature in the new app.

One Windows 11 window shows Microsoft’s redesigned Photos app. Behind it is another window showing a large photo.
The new gallery view in Microsoft’s redesigned Photos app for Windows 11. You can get a closer look on Microsoft’s blog post.
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The legacy app's video editor won't work with the new app. If you want to trim videos, Grochocki recommends using the video editing app called Clipchamp, which was bundled into Windows 11 in March. Microsoft Photos Legacy is still available on the Microsoft Store as "Microsoft Photos Legacy."

The new photos app will be available to Insiders in the next day or two. In October, it will be available to everyone else, according to Microsoft. It is possible that it will arrive at the same time as some of the new Surface devices are revealed.

While you wait for the new photos app, you should check out Microsoft's big update to Windows 11 released on Tuesday, which added things like improvements to snap layouts and folders to the start menu. TomWarren covered the release in detail.