Have You Met…Microsoft Sway? (Part One)

If you haven’t yet met Microsoft Sway, Sway is:

  1. an application for building interactive presentations that are optimized for web and mobile clients
  2. a (relatively) new component of Office 365
  3. the progeny of a product from Microsoft Office Labs, called pptPlex (in the “back in the day” department)
  4. Microsoft’s answer to Prezi, a popular presentation software

sway 250 pxSway uses a “canvas” like Prezi, and makes it easy to create, consume, and share presentations across a variety of devices, including smart phones.

A Sway is comprised of multiple “cards” (containers that hold text, images, and videos) that combine to make a storyline.

Some use cases I’ve seen for Sway in a corporate environment include:

There are also some great non-work use cases, like the “foodie” series here.

I don’t have a two-minute video for you this week, but this is Part One, so I’ll point you to a Sway I created for an upcoming trip.  Enjoy, and stay tuned for the next post (upon my return from Ireland), when I’ll dig into how it works, some of the initial limitations of the tool, and a bit more detail about how I created this Sway.

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