Microsoft adds inking and new filters to Windows 10 Photos app for PC (Fast Ring)

Microsoft continues to build out is pen and inking support for all its native apps. The latest to get the treatment is Microsoft Photos for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring.

Build 1017 is now live for PC and Mobile although it appears only the PC gets the new options.

In the changelog dialog that pops up after the update there are new features highlighted:

  • New Look (Light or Dark Mode)
  • Draw on anything – And share the animated ink
  • Better editing – Check out our new filters

The light mode feature is from a few builds back, so that is not too new. However, the Draw on Anything and new Filters are different.

New Filters in the Microsoft Photos app

With the draw feature, those with a Surface or any pen-supported PC can draw on the photos for notes or just fun. Users can also save the image with the animated ink. There are options for marker, pen, pencil and various colors.

Under Editing there are also many new filters available to add spruce up your photos. Options include Sauna, Neo, Icarus, Zeke and more. Filter intensity can be adjusted with a slider as well.

Feel free to draw on your photos like a kid!

As to why filters are not yet in Mobile, it is not clear. The editing options on the PC version have always been richer than Mobile, but hopefully, Microsoft will plan to bring those together in a future release. If do spot anything new in the Mobile version let us know in comments.

For those on Slow Ring or Release Preview, you will likely get today's update in the coming weeks before eventually hitting Production.

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