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Best photo editors to replace Microsoft Picture Manager

About Microsoft Office Picture Manager

The Microsoft Office Picture Manager software was an image-management tool with photo-editing capabilities that was once bundled with Microsoft Office (2003 through 2010) for Windows and Mac. Since Microsoft Office no longer incorporates a built-in image manager or editor, look for a standalone photo manager.

Microsoft Office Picture Manager


Microsoft Office Picture Manager Alternatives

Picture Manager was Microsoft Office's built-in image manager and editor until it was discontinued with Office 2013. Microsoft has not replaced it with another app in the Office suite, so you'll have to find a standalone photo editor and manager. We recommend these three Microsoft Picture Manager alternatives.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom allows you to organize, edit, and share your photos from any desktop or device, thanks to the cloud. Make basic edits, such as color correction and photo straightening, as well as more advanced edits like removing atmospheric haze, upping image quality from basic to HDR, and enhancing panoramas. Organize your photos with facial recognition and extensive tagging tools. Add your best photos to a custom slideshow, backed by up to 10 songs. You can also sell your photos directly from Lightroom to members of Adobe Stock's creative community.

Purchase Adobe Lightroom 6 as a standalone desktop app for $149 (with limited features and no cloud integration) or get Adobe Lightroom CC along with Adobe Photoshop CC as part of the Adobe CC Photography Plan for $9.99 per month or $119.88 annually. You can also get a free 30-day trial of Adobe CC Photography.

ACDSee 20

ACDSee 20 empowers you to manage your photos with ease. Thanks to Microsoft OneDrive integration, you can organize, view, edit, and share your images from any device. Categorize, rate, tag, and color-label your media for easy discovery. With ACDSee 20's accompanying editing tools, you can correct images, frame them, and reduce noise with the blurring effect. A personal plan runs $6.90 per month or $69 per year, and you can try ACDSee 20 for free for 30 days.

Google Photos

Google Photos has a lot to recommend it, especially since it's free. The app offers unlimited backup of photos and videos -- up to 16 megapixels and 1080p HD -- which you can access from automatically generated smart albums across your devices or from the Web. Search pictures by faces, locations, and so on without tagging; perform basic editing functions; share photos via links; and view movies, collages, GIFs, and panoramas on the big screen via Chromecast.


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Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for Download.com and covers iOS.