Microsoft's Sway Generates Mobile-Optimized 'Interactive Documents'
Wither PowerPoint? Microsoft offers users yet another way to present and share interactive content with a new cloud-enabled app.Microsoft seems determined to make static, slide-based presentations a thing of the past. The company today unveiled Office Sway, a new app that enables users to create, publish and share interactive presentations that scale to fit a variety of screen sizes, from compact smartphones to spacious PC monitors. "It's a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser," explained Microsoft's new Sway team in a company blog post. Sway's cloud-based, touch-friendly toolset is a break from traditional presentation-building tools. "It is easy to share your creation and it looks great on any screen. Your ideas have no borders, edges, page breaks, cells or slides," continued the group. Sway.com, the app's official Website, currently hosts a handful of early examples that demonstrate how the app can be used at work, at school and for creative endeavors. Images, videos, text and other elements smoothly slide and settle into place as users explore content, lending a polished and professional touch to Sway presentations.
The app supports drag-and-drop authoring from a variety of sources. "Sway shows you the stuff you have stored in the cloud: just tap or click, drag, and drop it right onto your canvas," said Microsoft. For now, "Sways" can include content from OneDrive, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, along with files stored on their own devices. Microsoft promises to enable additional embedding options over time.