My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: @Microsoft launches Microsoft Xim, @Snapchat's true Competition - How Slingshot backfired and Microsoft Xim makes Conscious Shared Slideshow Experience Fun

Friday, October 10, 2014

@Microsoft launches Microsoft Xim, @Snapchat's true Competition - How Slingshot backfired and Microsoft Xim makes Conscious Shared Slideshow Experience Fun

Great news Social Media fans and Journalists! There is now a challenger to Snapchat that makes self-exploding photographs and its coming from the most anti-social of sources: Microsoft.

Microsoft recently made the Google Android App Microsoft Xim that allows you to send self-destructing photos just like Snapchat as noted in the article “Microsoft has a new App that shares self-destructing photos without a social network”, published OCT. 8, 2014 - 8:11 AM PDT by Kif Leswing, Gigaom and “Microsoft Xim turns iOS, Android, and Windows phones into a multi-screen slideshow”, published October 8, 2014 10:00 am By Tom Warren, The Verge.

The Microsoft Xim App is the result of research being done by Microsoft Fuse Labs as noted in their Press Release on the Microsoft Xim App, suggesting that this is really just a Guinea Pig Run of their latest toy and not necessarily a solid product from Microsoft.

Still, it’s worth taking note of for one simple reason; it does the same thing as Snapchat WITHOUT the baggage of having to join a Mobile Social Network only for your nude doppelgangers to end up on a Website after someone decided to take a screenshot as noted in my blog article entitled “Snapchat Leaked Facebook page shut down but Snapchat Leaked website still live - Snapchat's Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is really Much Ado About Nothing”.

It's also not as sophisticated as Snapchat, which also has self-destructing Videos and Instant Messaging with a Video Calling feature as noted in my blog article entitled “Snapchat introduces Video Calling and Instant Messaging - You have 10 seconds before this Video Call or IM explodes as Snapchat gears up for WhatsApp VoIP Calling”, again all of which are perks of joining their Social Network.

Instead, once you decided that being a Guinea Pig isn't all bad and install the Microsoft Xim App, it basically taps into the following sources of nude pictures or family photos, whatever you're into on your smartphone, Tablet, Apple Mac, Apple Mac Book Pro or Laptop or Desktop computer:

1.      Camera roll of photos
2.      Microsoft OneDrive
3.      Dropbox
4.      Facebook
5.      Instagram

Once you hit the fifty (50) photos maximum, a Xim is created, basically a html link that allows for quick sharing of that slideshow of photos, somewhat like a Picasa slideshow as described in my blog article entitled “How to embed Picasa Photos, Albums and slideshows for Advertising on your Website or Blog” but with self-destruct.

Unlike Snapchat, the recipient doesn’t necessarily have to have the Microsoft Xim App installed; they can receive your Microsoft Xim Link ('cause that’s what I’m calling it!) via their email address, or their US Phone numbers, probably SMS (Short Messaging Service) or Text Message found in your contact list in your smartphone. 

No need to get Social like Facebook’s failed Poke App as noted in my blog article entitled “Facebook gets Mission Impossible serious with Poke as the Snapchat bringing “Sexting” back”, which failed mainly because it was trying to get you to share your doppelganger with your friends on Facebook, the same Facebook that's privacy-prone.

Microsoft Xim - Browser compatible Link is Real-Time Anti-Social Self-Destructing Cross-Platform Picture-Sharing experience

This Microsoft Xim Link is basically a Real-Time Anti-Social Self-Destructing Cross-Platform Picture-Sharing experience, like the subtitle says.

No Microsoft Xim App is required by the recipients and once the Microsoft Xim Link is clicked, it opens up a single-use browser window for viewing the slideshow of photos you were sent, a concept akin to using a disposable paper napkin but applied to pictures stored in the cloud i.e. single usage cloud storage.

That Browser window allows your multiple recipients to view a swipe-able, pan-able slideshow of the photos you sent them simultaneously in the order you want them to be view. Interestingly, the viewers, though they may not have the Microsoft Xim App, can actually change or even add photos to the slideshow.

Clearly Microsoft isn’t aiming to make this App viral, but merely allows responsible sharing of photos, making Snapchat appear a bit juvenile.

Microsoft Xim is more of a lollapalooza for Indian music loving 60's hippie adults swapping baby pictures around the dinner table as noted in Microsoft’s Xim photo sharing app means never passing your phone around the table again”, published October 9, 2014 By Andy Boxall, DigitalTrends.

This probably explains the Indian Tantric Yoga music being used in the Microsoft Xim YouTube video below.

This is the technology equivalent of Shared Dreaming or Shared Conscious Experience, Inception Style, where the Architect controls the environment within which the dream takes place and what your dreaming about and the flow of that dream as explained in my blog article entitled “Frankfurt University's Dr Ursula Voss Electric Shocks Lucid Dreaming - How Gamma Waves lead to Conscious Dreaming Inception in Katy Perry Wide Awake Matrix”.

After the Shared…..I mean Shared Conscious Experience i.e. simultaneous slideshow is over, the link self-destructs after an hour as noted in the article “Microsoft debuts Xim photo-sharing App”, published October 8, 2014 -- 15:22 GMT (08:22 PDT) By Mary Jo Foley, ZdNet, sadly causing no harm to your smartphone, Tablet, Apple Mac, Apple Mac Book Pro or Laptop or Desktop computer. That would have really made it stand out from Snapchat!

But based on its Real-Time Anti-Social Self-Destructing Cross-Platform Picture-Sharing experience, it’s already a standout, head and shoulders, above Snapchat!

Note that I mentioned all those different models of non-Android devices, as the Microsoft Xim App is Browsers driven and Browser independent, making it a truly a cross platform family photo sharing experience.

You can even IM (Instant Message) groups of your recipients in real time while they all watch your Slideshow simultaneously on their browsers, thus maintaining the idea that you're all having the same Conscious Shared Slideshow Experience even though the recipient isn’t physically in the room with you while you run the slideshow.

Snapchat Competition - Slingshot backfired as Xim's Conscious Shared Slideshow Experience engaging

Like I said, Snapchat now officially has competition that'll succeed, unlike the thus far failed attempts by Facebook, which includes their latest stab at Snapchat called Slingshot as reported originally in my blog article entitled “Facebook's Creative Labs Division debuts Slingshot – The Paper Man need Friends Nearby + Firechat + Group Mini-Games = Original Design

Since then, people complained that the requirement to send a photo in order to unlock the photo they were sent via Slingshot was silly, as they may not necessarily have any fun naked and revealing photos to send back.

So Facebook removed that requirement and in so doing, have now basically become yet ANOTHER Snapchat clone as noted in the article “Facebook's Slingshot is Now Basically Snapchat”, published September 5th 2014 NBC News and “Facebook Slingshots Itself In The Face By Making Reply-To-Unlock Optional”, published Sep 4, 2014 by Josh Constine, Techcrunch.

Microsoft Xim instead of just sharing one photo, allows you to share your entire collection of nudes or family photos, whatever you’re into, making the leaking of photos as occurred when Apple iCloud got hacked as noted in the article “Apple: Celeb photo attack was targeted, not widespread breach”, published September 2, 2014 12:27 PM PDT by Shara Tibken, CNET News and  “iCloud Data Breach: Hacking And Celebrity Photos”, published  9/02/2014 @ 3:00AM by Dave Lewis, Forbes seem like child's play.

Microsoft Xim, though an experiment from Microsoft Fuse Labs, is a Conscious Shared Slideshow Experience worth experiencing as noted in the article “Microsoft’s Xim App Offers Temporary Phone Photo Sharing Without Overshare Risk”, published October 8th 2014 by Darrell Etherington, Techcrunch.

This Browser-Independent Real-Time Anti-Social Self-Destructing Cross-Platform Picture-Sharing App is going to be a massive hit with the naked picture of family picture sharing crowd, whatever floats your boat. Once Microsoft Fuse Labs updates the Microsoft Xim App to also share videos and eventually launches the soon-coming Apple iOS version of the Microsoft Xim App, they'll be REAL competition to Snapchat.

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