Microsoft Photosynth has been shut down

It’s a sad day, but we knew it was coming. We closed the Photosynth service and Web site today. Key parts of the Photosynth code live on in other Microsoft products, and we’re proud of the influence Photosynth had on photo technology across the industry during its nine-year life. We hope that everyone who wanted…


Photosynth viewer code now available as open source

Ahead of our February 6th shutdown we released an offline viewer for most of the content on the Photosynth site last week. Today we are following through by open sourcing this viewer to make sure it is maintainable by any interested party in the future. Anyone can build their own version of the current viewer…


Photosynth to Shut Down February 6, 2017

In February 2017 Microsoft will decommission the Photosynth website and services. We regularly review our portfolio of products and evaluate customer use and feedback to adjust our areas of investment based on how our services are being used. We understand that innovative photo experiences are important and are committed to development efforts in the experiences…


Photosynth mobile apps being retired

Today we are announcing that we are retiring the Photosynth Mobile Apps. We are doing this because the new Photosynth Preview technology and its cloud processing is a more immersive way to capture a place than the spherical panoramas that our apps produce.   What this means to youIf you use the Photosynth Windows Phone…


Image Composite Editor 2.0 is here

Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor is the best way to get high resolution stitched panoramas into Photosynth, and today we launched ICE 2.0. It’s got a slew of great new features, including the ability to extract panoramas from video, a magical image-completion capability, and a built-in Photosynth uploader. No longer do you need to download a 2nd application…


More pixels and better stitching: Get the new Photosynth for Windows Phone 8 update

You already know that the Photosynth mobile app allows you to create full spherical panoramas. Up until now the resolution of these spheres has been no more than 4-5 megapixels. That size makes for quick uploads, but it doesn’t give you as much detail as you might like when you’re in some really interesting place….


Export your panoramas to Windows 8.1 and OneDrive

Today we’re happy to announce that we’ve added an “export” feature to the Photosynth site. For stitched panoramas uploaded from your mobile phone or the Image Composite Editor, you can now download a “.pano” file suitable for viewing in full spherical goodness on Windows 8.1. The built-in Photos app on Windows 8.1 knows how to…


Photosynth Fun at the Top of the Seattle Space Needle

CC Image courtesy of lempel_ziv on Flickr  Over the years there have been hundreds of synths and panoramas taken of and from the Seattle Space Needle, but this is a different story… A few months ago, we were approached by the management of the Space Needle who wanted to give their visitors a sense of…


Highlights and Geo-Browsing come to the Photosynth Tech Preview

Our  team has been hard at work since the initial release in December and we’re releasing another update to the Technology Preview today.  Highlights of this latest update include: Synth highlights: You can create highlights to annotate your synth.  When looking at one of your synths, you will see a New Highlights button alongside the…


Capture like a pro (Part 7): Panorama tips

Part 6 covered how to capture walk synths. This part focuses on tips for panorama synths. (Want a quick start? Check out Part 1.) Most photo enthusiasts are already familiar with the idea of a panorama. You stand in one spot while trying to keep the nodal point of the camera in one location, and…