Welcome Sway - An Addition to the Microsoft App Family

Posted by Jen Bieker on May 8, 2015

I wanted to try and sum up in a short phrase what this Sway app is for you.  However, it’s not that simple.  Microsoft went outside the box for their new app. 

As they put it, Sway is “a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser.”  Others are referring to it as the new presentation app.

So to try and sum it all up, Sway gives you an easy interface to build simple and shareable webpages with images and text, from any device.  It makes me think of a really simple yet updated version of the old Microsoft FrontPage, with the ability to do pages on your mobile device too.

OK, So What is Sway Really?

The word “Sway” stands for the canvas you build your content on.  This canvas is a WYSIWYG editor – what you see is what you get.  Therefore, it’s very simple to create a beautiful web based page to share images and text without much effort at all. 

The best part, Sway interacts seamlessly with other apps like OneNote, Word, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more.  You can easily grab your content from any source and build a beautiful webpage to share without much effort.  The app does all the work. 

Microsoft put a lot of work (code) into the behind the scenes part of SWAY.  It will automatically format your pictures and pages, and then render them differently based on device types.  All this is done in the background on some pretty complex formats on Microsoft cloud servers.

Screen Shot of a Sway Presentation from Microsoft

Why Would I use Sway

I think the uses of Sway are limitless – whatever you can imagine. The above screen shot is from the Microsoft video, a presentation done by an elementary school student.

For example:

• sharing pictures and content from a convention you are attending
• a student doing a report
• families sharing weekly updates
• a how to tutorial
• office/team brainstorming and collaboration

I’m excited to start using Sway, even more so because it’s named after the street, “MICROSOFTSWAY”.  The possibilities are endless and it will be fun to watch how this flexible app develops over time.  How are you going to use Sway?

More Information

Watch a short Microsoft overview video on YouTube   

Visit the Sway (still in preview) site and start using it today.  Just click on the Get started button and/or sign in if you have an Office 365 account.  Either way, you get the same experience and best of all it’s FREE!  Go have some fun sharing your ideas.  https://sway.com/

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