2. Windows Live Photo Gallery
Another useful iPhoto alternative is the Windows Live Photo Gallery application from Microsoft. This free program can also edit, share and organize your digital photos, while its easy to use interface has made it a popular software choice for Windows users.
Like Picasa and iPhoto, the Windows Live Photo Gallery offers some great photo organization features. You can tag faces in photos, but there are no facial recognition abilities. Pictures and videos can be rated according to preference, just like in iPhoto, and sorted by tags, dates and ratings.
Editing is again fairly basic, but there are enough options to make your photos look eye-catching. Exposure, red eye, cropping, saturation, and straightening are just some of the features you can expect. There is also a panoramic photo stitcher for those sweeping landscape photos.
Sharing your photos can be quick and easy with Windows Live Photo Gallery. Upload straight to your Facebook account, drag photos into a Messenger window, or email them to friends. Photos can be burned to a CD or DVD, and the seamless integration with Windows Movie Maker allows you to create a video and photo slideshow.
In short, the Windows Live Photo Gallery is about as close as Microsoft could get to creating their own iPhoto for Windows. It is fast, free, and genuinely useful for what it can accomplish.