Is Ximming Going to be the Next Big Thing?

Microsoft's new photosharing app, Xim, aims to change photo sharing with groups of friends and family.

Microsoft’s new photosharing app, Xim, aims to change photo sharing with groups of friends and family.

If you’re wondering what on earth ‘Ximming’ is, well, Microsoft has launched a new collaborative photosharing app that allows you to share slideshows with family and friends, regardless of the device they are on, even if they haven’t installed the app.

Now if you’re scratching your head and wondering why on earth would you need yet another photosharing app? Well, here’s a list that tells you exactly what Xim is capable of:

  • Once you download the Xim app from Google Play or the Windows Phone Store, you can select the photos you want to share.
  • You can choose images not just from your camera roll or image gallery, but also from Dropbox Facebook, Instagram or Microsoft OneDrive.
  • Then, you need to select the people who will be included in the slideshow.
  • Here’s the interesting bit, nobody else needs to create accounts or install Xim or any other app. You just add their names from your contacts, or manually enter numbers and email addresses.
  • Each person then receives an SMS or email with a link. When they click on the link, a collaborative slideshow will launch on the browsers of their respective devices.
  • Once everyone has joined the party, they will all see the same thing on their phone.
  • If you swipe to the next picture, your colleague, friend, next-door neighbour or annoying niece or nephew will see the same thing. If a pesky kid decides to check out the pimples on your face by zooming in, the picture will zoom in on everyone else’s devices too.
  • The good news is that this app aims to minimise the ‘accidental exposure’ of personal images when people are swiping through your gallery.
  • These Xims have a short shelf life, so you don’t need to worry about storage or downloads either.
  • However, while Xims expire after a little while, you can choose to save ximmed photos by long-pressing on them, or taking a screenshot at any time.
  • For now, the app is only available for Windows and Android devices in the US and Canada. iOs support and worldwide downloads are in the pipeline.

How well this works, and whether or not there is any lag between one person changing a photo, and slideshows on other devices following suit, is something we will need to figure out when we test the app. What may work in its favour is the feeling of collectively viewing the same photograph—which might also cause a lot of confusion and hilarity.  The awareness that your friends and family are seeing the same thing as you, regardless or whether or not you’re in the same room, creates  community bonding. Is Ximming going to be the next big thing, or will it fizzle out like plenty of other promising innovations? What do you think, will you download it? Tell us in the comments below.


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