Windows Unveils AI-Powered 'Magic Eraser' for Photo Editing

Windows Unveils AI-Powered ‘Magic Eraser’ for Photo Editing

Google and Samsung aren’t the only ones integrating AI photo editing tools into their products. Microsoft just announced a new feature called Generative Erase for the Photos app in Windows. It lets you selectively remove objects and people from photos, similar to what Pixel and Galaxy phones can do.

The cool thing is you won’t need to buy a new phone to use this – it’s coming to both Windows 11 and Windows 10. Microsoft is backporting all the AI editing features in Photos to Windows 10, not just the latest version. So Windows 10 and 11 users will get background removal as well as the new Generative Erase.

For now, these tools are rolling out to Windows Insiders only. Microsoft says the updated Photos app with version number 2024.11020.21001.0 or higher will have the new stuff.

It’s not clear yet whether AI-edited photos will be marked or labeled to show they’ve been changed. The announcement doesn’t mention watermarks or metadata.

Overall though, this makes AI photo editing more accessible since lots of people already have Windows machines. The tech is becoming a standard feature rather than something fancy limited to premium devices.