Microsoft Xim: The Easiest Way to Share Self-Destruct Photos
What do you do when you have to show photos from a recent vacation to a friend sitting besides you? Simple. You will pass your phone to your friend so that he/she could easily flick through the photos. But what about if there’s a group of friends around you waiting to see those pictures? You would probably hesitate to hand your tablet or phone to others, especially when there is something (ahem “personal” images) that you don’t want them to see.
Instead, you’ll prefer to upload the album to some social networking site making it visible to your social circle, right? Well, Microsoft has addressed those concerns to save you from all that fuss of having to log into a social network, or having a certain app installed to share photos.
Microsoft on Wednesday launched one of its rare research projects – Microsoft Xim – which aims to reinvent the way we share photos with friends and family. Built by Microsoft Research FUSE Labs, Xim is the company’s attempt to introduce quick and hassle-free Snapchat-like photo sharing experience.
With Xim app, a user can select up to 50 photos from their camera roll, OneDrive, Dropbox, Facebook, or Instagram creating non-permanent cloud-based Xim, which they can share with anyone via their mobile number or email address. The images are then uploaded to the temporary cloud as a slideshow and synchronised across devices of all users invited to a particular Xim. Each person in the group receives a link, which they can open in their respective browsers.
What’s unique about Xim is, unlike Snapchat, those on the receiving end can watch the slideshow even if they don’t have the app. The users having the app, however, can avail the group chat feature, which allows them to add additional photos to the Xim or even control the slideshow. For example, they can swipe through images or zoom in on any photo, and whatever the do will appear on everyone else’s devices as well.
Xims are destructive in nature so they won’t stay in the cloud forever. “Xims expire after a little while so you’re not burdened with storage or management overhead,” says Microsoft. “With Xim you’ll never have to worry again about mistakenly “oversharing” – be it a personal photo, or that little cold you’re getting over.”
Microsoft Xim is, no doubt, one of the easiest and fastest ways to share your snaps with a group of friends, but with lots of photo-sharing apps and services available these days, I’m not sure how successful it will be. The Xim app is available free of charge across Android, iOS and Windows Phone app stores.
Are you going to use Xim at your next holidays trip? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Microsoft Research
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