When comparing Irfanview vs Microsoft Photos, the Slant community recommends Irfanview for most people. In the question“What are the best image viewers for Windows?” Irfanview is ranked 2nd while Microsoft Photos is ranked 14th.
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Pro Some editing tools included (cropping, color correcting, etc...)
Pro Lots of plugins available
Plugins can be found here.
Pro You can just scroll with your mouse to explore images
Pro Batch processing
Even exif information can be batch processed.
Pro Recognizes virtually any image format
Pro Ultra fast
If you press and hold the right-arrow button (for displaying the next image), you can watch images pass by as if they are a video, it's that fast. No stuttering, it loads images as fast as your hard drive can keep up.
Pro Can use 8bf (Photoshop) filters
Pro Pre-installed on Windows 10
For Windows 10 users, it comes preinstalled.
Con GIF viewing is buggy
GIF viewing has longstanding problems like flickering, incorrect framerate or artifacts, and it is very unlikely that it will be ever fixed.
Con Windows only
Con UI is far from ideal
Sometimes the interface is confusing.
Con Preferences are hard to find
Con No transparency support
The alpha is converted to the selected background color upon opening a picture. When saving the picture again, you can select a color which is converted to alpha again.
Con Bloated as Windows 10
Windows Photo Viewer takes almost 30 seconds to open in a high end computer. That's embarrassing.
Con Runs very slow
And sometimes cause a timeout.
Con Not cross platform
Exclusive for Windows 10.
Con Integration with Microsoft services = No privacy
For example, it uses AI-powered facial recognition features and integrations with Cortana.
Con Written in C# and XAML
Windows 10 UWP software tend to perform worse than software written in C++.
Con It lacks of tools for designers
The other image viewers have much more tools than this app...