Microsoft Expands Office Sway Preview, Mobile App
Formerly part of an invite-only preview, the mobile-friendly presentation software is now available to everyone. iPhone app availability remains limited, however.Microsoft has opened the gates to Office Sway, the company announced. "Now anybody can be a part of Preview and start creating Sways immediately by signing in with a Microsoft Account–no more waitlist," stated a Dec. 15 Office Blogs post authored by the Microsoft Sway Team. In the 10 weeks since the company kicked off the formerly invite-only preview program, Microsoft fielded 175,000 requests to join and attracted more than a million unique visitors to the Sway.com Website, they reported. Office Sway is a cloud-based, touch-enabled toolset that allows users to create interactive documents. In a break from its PowerPoint-based past, Microsoft is positioning "Sways" as an interactive, mobile-friendly alternative to static documents and presentations. "It's a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, Web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser," said Microsoft during Sway's Oct. 1 reveal.
In addition to opening up the floodgates, Microsoft had incorporated some of the suggestions made by Sway's early adopters. "By far the most-requested feature we've received has been the ability to undo (and its counterpart, redo) actions one has taken in Sway, both during the course of normal work with Sway, as well as when giving the Remix! button a spin," said Microsoft. Now, with undo and redo added to the editing options, "you can make your changes without worrying about recovering a previous state of your Sway."