Microsoft’s many research teams dream up fantastic concepts on a regular basis, but what you rarely see is an end product direct from the research labs. Microsoft Xim is launching today, built by Microsoft Research’s FUSE labs as an app to simplify mobile photo sharing. Xim is Microsoft’s take on quick Snapchat-like photo sharing without the hassle. What’s unique and unusual about Xim is, unlike Snapchat, not everyone who receives a Xim needs the app to view photos. Microsoft is creating non-permanent cloud-based Xims that are viewable in a browser and are sychronized across all users that are invited to a particular Xim.