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The 360 degree Photosynth camera app picks up a rare update to version 1.7

Photosynth is Microsoft's proprietary photo app for taking 360 degree panoramas, and although it took a long time to arrive for Windows Phone 8, the app hasn't been updated in 14 months. Yes, time flies, but tonight version 1.7 has hit the Store in a rare treat for Windows Phone users.

Version 1.7, unfortunately, does not bring any new features though it does say 'bug fixes' for a changelog. Considering the multitudes of new devices and even a brand new operating systems (Windows Phone 8.1), it's not too surprising that Photosynth could use a little polishing.

Regardless, if you've never tried Photosynth, it's certainly worth the download as it's one of a kind on Windows Phone. Hopefully Microsoft hasn't forgotten about the app, especially after the high profile departure of Agüera y Arcas, an engineer who helped develop Photosynth.

Thanks, Jose M., and Ayushmaan W., for the tips!

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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

65 Comments
  • I love photosynth!
  • Indeed, this is an under-promoted Microsoft IP.
  • Coip, Exactly. Sometimes I think they have so many features in the toolbox they get lossed in the shuffle.
  • spot on. There are many technologies under Microsofts umbrella that I cant believe they aren't built in to the OS. This being a good example, prioritize the tools that make you stand out from the rest, especially in your own platform. I cant wait till they get the next gen of Photosynth ready. I have hope they will release the mobile version soon after.
  • I prefer the new photosynth tech preview.. I stopped using app due to low quality.
  • What do you mean?
  • Average synth I app is 5mp on my 1020 with jar in lines. Tech preview looks as good as my 34mp pictures when I upload them..
  • What is the photosynth tech preview?!
  • shade some light on this previw u talkin bout.... a link would be appre...
  • Www.photosynth.net um its like on there homepage.
  • sade some light on this preview you talking bout maybe a link if u dont mind
  • You can walk, wall, spin, and now panorama... All in 3d if u do it right
  • I wish there were some ways to record audio (optional) along with the 360* view...
  • This app is pure garbage. It looks like nobody at Microsoft cares about it, don't expect anything from it.
  • Does anyone use it?
  • Yes
  • I tried it but it doesn't work well at least for me. I would like it to be more user friendly like the way the iPhone does it.
  • After update its not working
  • Working fine on my 1020 before.. and after this update...
  • I prefer the website .. Tech preview I a huge improvement in quality!
  • I try it but it's too difficult to take a good result.
  • I love using this when I travel to fun places. Helps me feel immersed!
  • Is this better that the native panorama app?
  • I would say nothing in common except it says "panorama". With native (nokias) panorama you take picture from point A to point B. With this you can ALSO go Up and Down.
  • Thanks for the reply.. I will give it a fair shot lol
  • Oh .. and don't forget about the feel. When you look at standard panorama pictures, sometimes you'll relize something odd when close object looks like it bent in a strange way. But with this photosynth, we can scroll it left-right-up-down without feeling weird, since it's positioning us at the center of the circle (err ... globe, ball, whatever you name the shape :p). The drawback is ... of course, you need photosynth app to view these 360 degree panorama since you won't achieve similar experience using normal image viewer.
  • Pretty sure the Nokia Panorama app is actually using Photosynth in the background
  • I loved it until I used Nokia Panoramic. It stitches the picture so much better and the final product is more polished.
  • can't do up and down with that, though.
  • But this app shows u to go up and down and take 360 degree panoramas
  • Pretty sure the Nokia Panorama app is actually using Photosynth in the background.
  • …Brought to you by Microsoft Corp.
  • I prefer Nokia Panorama.
  • Great app either way! :-)
  • I loved this app but it definately needs updating. I am surprised that Microsoft fails to update the apps for its own platform and we expect other developers to do that. It is sad to be honest.
  • Can't agree anymore with you.
  • +925 when I read about an update after 14 months I was already thinking about new features. Instead it was just 'bug fixes' ...... what a pity
  • I wish they'd add the features from the Photosynth Preview which is omg so freakin' awesome!!!
  • It's different. This combines photos. Tech preview slideshow like connects pictures in a 3d way.
  • It uses Structures from Motion. If you really want to see impressive things there's plenty of free software for it online :P
  • Love this app, although the stitching leaves something to be desired.
  • i think it's quite hard to take a photo with it
  • Nokia's panarima is better as it gives better quality.....
  • please stop comparing this with a panorama app. Photosynth takes a 360 photo not just a panorama photo. They are two apps on different levels
  • I whip it out every now and then... Photosynth that is!
  • I was using it a lot before I got my lumia 1020. I though all my photosynts will be so great but not a big difference....even with this update I think the quality was really poor. I tried on a Iphone once and it does better. But now since the new photosynth preview you can do all this directly on the website and even upload your high red pics from file explorer on wp8.1 and make incredibly clean 360 like the featured on the preview page...I even suggest using your standard camera if you have one. You can already try all the new stuff not on the app yet like inverted 360,wall and "walk".
    http://photosynth.net/preview/view/59ca3a21-faf7-4734-952d-8c1c26682b0d?...
  • Long before they brought out to WP, they had a desktop app. Better yet is the Photosynth website. Search for terracotta army to see how different photosynth is from every other panoramic camera app out there.
  • hm. Hopefully Fixes stability and correct stichting. the problem is you can make good panorama in 360 in indoor, and focus is terrible.
  • Cool app
  • There is a new Photosynth coming, the photosynth account on twitter even confirmed to me on twitter that they intend to bring the Photosynth.net aka "New Photosynth" to Windows Phone at one point, so it is understandable that this is just bug fixes until the new photosynth comes. Check out Photosynth.net on a PC if you want a glimpse of things to come, can't wait!
  • Yes! I've seen the features. They're really taking their time.
  • There's new stuff the website is doing including the ability to snap a walk through. I've been waiting for this kind of thing they're already doing to come to the app.... but.... still waiting.
  • Apps not as powerful I just use the website now
  • Why don't they build Photosynth into the camera app? Isn't that the case with Windows 8.1?
  • They are working on the app,its on beta for a little while already. We "might" get it somehow.
  • Working on which app? For WP or Windows 8.1?
  • Windows phone,I remember watching a video with a WP and photosynth beta on it a little while ago....
  • I can't believe how people gush over this app. I've never been able to get it to work and it's another app situation where the competition have the better version. On my Omnia 7 I could never to a full 360 and on my 920, the camera would crash resulting in restarting the phone. Then there's the super low quality of the pictures themselves.
  • Just go to the website and do the tech preview... It's way better.
  • I simply adore this app. I used it the other day to show my old school penfriend round my living room
  • It's expected from Microsoft. They don't respect their platform at all.
  • 14 months for a "bug fix" update. Yeap, that's definitely a Microsoft app.
  • Main Version is still the iPhone version with more features and frequent updates. So if you really want to use this app, get ab iPhone ;)
  • I use it instead of Nokia Panorama app which really sucks! I know that Photosynth and Panorama are not same but I like Photosynth.....what I wanna say is Nokia Panorama app sucks!
  • Where is thIs app? Mising instore?