Microsoft Photos

Version2023(as of 7/7/2023)
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Rating:3.5  |  238 Votes

Main Features

  • Support for popular image and video formats, such as JPEG, BMP, PNG, MP4, and MOV
  • Photo-organization interface
  • Helpful photo-editing tools
  • Mark-up features to add drawings to images
  • Slideshow-viewing capability
  • Simple video-editing tools
  • OneDrive storage space for automatic upload and mobile access

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft Photos 2023
Screenshot of Microsoft Photos 2023

Microsoft Photos is a photo organizer that allows you to view, edit, and share photos. It also provides a video editor where you can add music and special effects to a video project. The app comes bundled with the Windows operating system.

Photos supports various image and video formats, such as JPEG, PNG, GIF, ICO, RAW, TIFF, MP4, MOV, and WMV. You can import media from folders on your device or a connected device, such as cameras or phones. Once imported into the app, you can organize the media in albums, collections, and folders. You can also edit your photos by adjusting their color and lighting, cropping and rotating them, touching up any blemishes, and applying different effects.

Once you are happy with your photos (or at least somewhat content), you can store your photos in OneDrive (previously SkyDrive). This storage space allows for easy sharing and access from anywhere you go. You can also automatically upload photos and videos from your camera or phone to OneDrive. Photos also enables you to share your photos directly from the app. You can share your photos by posting them online, emailing them to friends and family, or printing them. In addition, the app allows you to use apps from the Microsoft Store to post to social networking and photo-sharing sites, such as Facebook and Flickr.


Although Microsoft Photos does not offer as advanced features as some other photo organizers, it is plenty helpful for the basic Windows user. The app provides a simple photo organizing interface, helpful photo and video editing tools, and convenient storage space and sharing options. Overall, if you are a Windows user that wants a simple but helpful photo organizer, you should try Microsoft Photos.

Primary File Type

jpg icon.JPGJPEG Image

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.3FRHasselblad 3F RAW Image
.ARWSony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image
.BAYCasio RAW Image
.BMPBitmap Image
.CR2Canon Raw 2 Image
.CRWCanon Raw CIFF Image File
.DCRKodak Digital Camera RAW Image
.DNGDigital Negative Image
.EIPEnhanced Image Package File
.ERFEpson RAW File
.FFFHasselblad RAW Image
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.HDPHD Photo File
.ICOIcon File
.IIQPhase One RAW Image
.K25Kodak DC25 Digital Photo
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.MEFMamiya RAW Image
.MMVMicroMV Video File
.MOSLeaf Camera RAW Image
.MPOMulti Picture Object File
.MRWMinolta Raw Image
.NEFNikon Electronic Format RAW Image
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PTXPentax RAW Image File
.R3DREDCODE Video File
.RAWRaw Image Data
.RWLLeica RAW Image
.RWZRawzor Compressed Image
.SR2Sony RAW Image
.SRWSamsung RAW Image
.THMGeneric Thumbnail Image
.TIFTagged Image File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.DIBDevice-Independent Bitmap Image
.JFIFJPEG File Interchange Format
.XMPExtensible Metadata Platform File
Updated 7/7/2023