Microsoft has created a new app that allows anyone to share photos with their friends, whether they own iPhones, Windows Phones or prefer Android.
The app in question is called Xim and is the latest idea to come from Microsoft Research's Fuse Labs. What makes it so newsworthy is that it's a tiny attempt to break down the walled gardens that are different handsets, different apps and different ecosystems for the sake of greater social interaction.
As long as one person has the app installed -- when it's officially launched it will be available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS -- everyone can view a single photo or a full slideshow of images on their devices, too.
The image or images don't have to be created ‘on the fly' or via the app either, they can be drawn from a number of sources -- the handset's camera roll, drop box, Facebook or Instagram, for instance.
Once the pictures have been picked, drawing up a list of people to share them with is equally easy. You can create a group using your phone's address book, people's email addresses, or by typing in new phone numbers.
Everyone in the list will get a link and when it's opened, access to the images, which everyone can swipe, zoom and pan together.
And, if someone else does have the app installed too, they can add images of their own to the slideshow as well as annotate images with simple captions and messages.
The app is already available for download, for free for Android and will be going live on the App Store for iPhones and iPads and in Microsoft's Windows Phone download store in the coming days.