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Xim: A new photo-sharing app from Microsoft for Smartphones

Microsoft Research recently released its latest photo-sharing app called Xim. This unique app is designed to change the way of sharing pictures. It’s not just a photo-sharing tool like Instagram or Flickr, but much more.

Steve Ickman, a software-design engineer who works for FUSE, part of Microsoft Research, quoted:

Our goals with Xim is to change the way people share in the moment. This new technology enhances social interactions and experiences by enabling nearly effortless photo sharing, be it face-to-face or in a remote setting.

Xim app for Windows Phones, Android and iOS

You upload a photo on Facebook along with a casual status and after few hours your friends or friends of friends start either liking or commenting on your shared picture. After a while, you find yourself replying to the 100th comment, and the count is still on. But, with Xim you experience an entirely new world of sharing photos. It’s not just a social app for photo share rather it’s designed for expressing ideas.

Furthermore, it not only aimed for kids or teenagers – rather this app involves all the people across the world, called as the Ximmers, to convey their thoughts via their photos in an interactive manner across all phone platforms.

How to share photos via Xim

With Xim users can share photos with their contacts in an easy as well as convenient way. In order to share your photos with your friends, relatives or colleagues, you have just to follow these steps:

  1. Download the app from the store.
  2. Send the link through SMS or email to anyone in your contacts
  3. Being powered with the Web, the shared link runs on all the platforms thus making it easy for your friends to view your shared photos in a go at any place.

Features of Xim

  1. Secure with minimum requirements

Xim is a non-permanent cloud-based app which expires after a little in order to keep storage and connectivity requirements to a minimum. However, Ximmers can save the photos or take screenshots with the help of the additional options which they can see by pressing for long on a photo.

While, we believe that the tech-giant wants to ensure the security of the pictures shared by the users in order to avoid any leaks as we came across in case of the iCloud few weeks ago.

  1. All-in-one Upload

Xim is an integrated platform which can upload photos easily from the device, Dropbox, OneDrive, Facebook or Instagram. Though, currently you can choose up to 50 photos at maximum for sharing in your circle.

  1. Experience of multiple phones in real time

You can install Xim and start sharing your phenomenal clicks with your friends via SMS or emails. Thus, many people can view and browse the same photo content at the same time i.e. multiple slide show of photos in real time. Microsoft certainly replaces tossing of a single phone among the friends to see the photos with an efficient app.

  1. Group chat

This feature adds a different flavor to Xim as participants (with Xim pre-installed) can simply swipe, zoom and pan through the shared images. Further, they can even upload additional photos or add new members to their group.

Xim in action video

Microsoft Research has also released an official video for the public under the tagline “Share your photos, not your phone, with Microsoft Xim”.

Microsoft research team is planning to implement its ideas in the near future. These plans include simplifying the creation of a larger groups quickly; varying experiences for multiple devices like tablets; adding something interesting to Xim beyond photo sharing and many more.


Microsoft has already released this app for the Windows Phones, Android and iOS platforms. Xim is initially available for download in US and Canada, though other countries will be added to the Xim-circle soon. You can get more details at its home page.