Microsoft has pushed out a new update for the Photos app for the upcoming Anniversary Update. Those on the Fast Ring (and presumably Slow Ring as well) can get version 16.703.10032.0, which is a bump from the previous 16.622.13140.
Although the update is for Mobile and PC users on the Anniversary Update Preview, it is the Mobile users who will see the most improvement. According to our tipsters and we were able to verify, this is what is new:
- Animation when selecting and viewing a photo
- Slideshow button at the bottom
While animation for viewing photos was seen in the app for PC the Mobile one would just present the photo instantly in a rather jarring experience. Now, the Mobile version has a slight animation effect with the photo "zooming towards you" as it enlarges. It's subtle but addresses an ongoing complaint about Windows 10 Mobile not being pleasing to the eye.
The second new feature is a dedicated Slideshow button that sits adjacent to Refresh and Select near the bottom. Previously, a user would have to select a photo and then from the ellipsis menu choose the Slideshow option. While that latter option is still there, users can now just begin the slideshow on the main library. There was already a Slideshow button near the top for the PC version of the app.
There are likely other subtle changes that we may not have yet documented, so leave us a comment if you find anything else.
Thanks, Mark, and Malban, for the tips!
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