Mix cream cheese, milk, almond extract and sugar in a mixer until well blended. Spread in bottom of pie shell.
Place the fresh strawberries on top of the cream cheese mix.
In a sauce pan combine water (1/4 cup), 2 cups fresh/frozen strawberries, sugar and warm through until the strawberries are soft enough to mush. In a small bowl add a bit of water to the corn stach and stir until dissolved. Add to strawberry sauce and continue stirring over heat until the sauce thickens and turns clear. This may take 2-4 minute Add more water if too thick, Remove from heat and stir in butter.
Pour strawberry sauce over the cream cheese + strawberries. Let set and cool before serving.