Microsoft’s solution to run Photos app faster on Windows 11 is to launch it at startup | Laptop News

After recent updates, Microsoft Photos on Windows 11 takes longer to launch, but Microsoft has a solution. The company plans to automatically run the app in the background as soon as you boot to the desktop. Microsoft believes “auto launch” could help the Photos app deal with slow performance.

For those unaware, Microsoft Photos has gone through dramatic changes over the past few weeks. Microsoft has switched the Windows 11 Photos app from UWP to Windows App SDK, which refers to developer APIs and features that can be used alongside other Windows app development tools.

One of the reasons Microsoft is ditching UWP for Windows App SDK is deeper web integration and performance improvements. In a blog post published recently, Microsoft claimed that the Photos app would be faster after switching to Windows App SDK, but that’s not the case.

In our tests, Windows Latest observed that the Photos app launch time is approximately three times slower.

As shown in the above screenshot, when you try to launch the new Photos app, which is still rolling out, you will see the “splash screen” with the app icon/logo before you can view the pictures.

I’ve discussed it in my previous article, and things haven’t changed. Despite the obvious performance issues, Microsoft still argues that Photos is faster and makes better use of WebView.

In fact, the image editor in the Photos app is now powered by OneDrive’s web UI, but does that make the app run faster? Certainly not. Instead, it makes calls to Edge WebView APIs, which also contributes to increased resource usage.

But it turns out Microsoft may have found a “workaround” to the performance issue—sort of.

In a new update, Microsoft has added…

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