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Microsoft debuts Xim cloud photo sharing app

News by Luke Jones on Monday October 13, 2014.

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Microsoft has launched a new app over the weekend called Microsoft Xim, which is the company's new web photo sharing system. You may be thinking that Microsoft already uses Nokia/Lumia PhotoBeamer, but that app is still under the Nokia umbrella, this is Redmond's own service.

Interestingly, Xim is cross platform so you can pick it up from Android's Google Play Store, Apple's iOS App Store, and of course Microsoft's Windows Store. It is worth noting that the app is only available in North America (US and Canada) at the moment but will probably roll out to other regions in due course.

Xim uses a cloud based storage system that lets users auto-create a cloud-hosted, temporary slide show of photos syncing your mobile product or cloud storage. Anyone (along with you) with granted permission can view the content in real time and sync with your own controlling account/device. Here's what Microsoft says about the new app from the official description:

Share your photos, not your phone! Xim your photos on your camera roll or favorite service to your friends' devices. Swipe, pan and zoom together for all to enjoy, even those who don?t have the app.

Stop huddling around one small screen - Xim instead so everyone can see the images on their own device

Xims swipe and zoom together, so everyone stays in sync automatically - it's fun too

Only one person needs to have Xim installed in order for everyone to participate

Invite people from your phone's contact list, via email or via phone number

Choose photos from your camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, or OneDrive; mix and match easily from any of these sources

When your friend gets the Xim app the fun really starts - they can add photos or people to the Xim and easily extend the conversation

Xims only stick around for a little while so you can enjoy the moment with no storage or organization overhead

Long press on a photo you like for additional options such as save photo

Google Drive seems to be a notable exception in terms of compatibility with Xim, but Google not opening its API's to Microsoft is hardly anything new. You can check out Xim by hitting up the source.

source: Windows Store

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