I use Windows Live Photo Gallery every day and like it a lot. I’ve been nervous about the new Photo app. All of the Live programs are going away.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview’s handling of photographs is a slick, centralized, and very much a tablet-like experience. The Photos app gives users fluid, near-instantaneous access to your pictures, for which the app is to be credited, but certain common features are missing at this point, and others that are included don’t work evenly across the app.
When you pull up Photos from the Metro interface, you are shown four discrete boxes: one for your locally stored pictures, and one each for your SkyDrive, Facebook, and Flickr accounts. Clicking on each of these boxes takes your through a short login process, and after you’ve given the program your credentials, the home Photos screen will populate each box with photos pulled from that account.