What’s the easiest way to share photos with your friends? If Microsoft has anything to say about it it’s via Xim, an app conjured up in its research labs.
Xim, available through Android, iOS, or Windows, allows users to add up to 50 photos from a device, OneDrive, Dropbox, Facebook, or Instagram and share the album with friends by adding their mobile number or email address. What’s unique is that those friends don’t actually have to have Xim to view the photos; the cloud-based app’s photos are viewable in a browser.
Another wrinkle is that the photos are ephemeral, so, as Microsoft puts it, the content “expires after a little while.” This is helpful if you don’t want to have to worry about the photos being of the greatest quality or ending up someplace you don’t want them to.
The Verge describes Xim “as an app to avoid having to pass your phone to friends to view photos in person.”
But the site isn’t totally sold on the concept, adding that “it seems unlikely that an app can replace the simple experience of sitting next to a friend and flicking through photos from a recent vacation or trip.”
Whatever the takeaway, Techcrunch distilled the app down to its very essence, describing it as “A free, cool thing that makes life easier.”
What more could you ask for than that?