This was a self-started project at Microsoft, which began around April 2016 and shipped V1 in November 2016. It was a single-person team, which allowed me to drive a vision from the very beginning to the actual release. My responsibilities included defining problem space, creating the concept along with a future roadmap, and building the software implementation of Clip Layer.
Phone has become the center of how I consume news, updates, interesting content, and other types of feeds. When I find something interesting or something I care about, I want to relay it for another purpose. However, two problems stuck out.
Problem 1: Because the selection model and actions available per information snippet are defined by the local app, there are many cases where users don’t have the controls they seek.
Problem 2: In places where selection is available, interaction methods aren’t always intuitive (It is often press & hold then precisely drag two draggers on each end).
Clip Layer was released on Android on November 29, 2016.
Android app retired from Microsoft's Play Store account in 2018.
Feedback from public after 48 hours of release