Office Sway iPhone App Available in the U.S.
After testing the waters in Australia and New Zealand, Microsoft released its interactive presentation software in the U.S., the U.K. and other English-speaking countries.Office Sway for iPhone, Microsoft's software for creating mobile-friendly interactive presentations, is now available beyond the shores of Australia and New Zealand. Sway, also available as a browser-based cloud application, is a departure from traditional desktop presentation software tools like Microsoft's own PowerPoint. Using drag-and-drop authoring tools, users can combine images, videos and text into Web-based "Sways" that scale to any screen size. "It's a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, Web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser," boasted the company during the technology's debut in October. In December, the company incorporated Bing Image search. "In response to requests from users (particularly in the education space) about wanting to be able to search for Creative Commons licensed images directly from the Internet, we've integrated Bing Image Search functionality into Sway," announced Microsoft's Sway group in a Dec. 4 statement. "Now you can search for images tagged with Creative Commons licenses within Sway." Also last month, the company added undo and redo functionality as well as PDF import capabilities, among several other tweaks. In addition, Microsoft released an iPhone 6-optimized version of the app in New Zealand and Australia.
Targeting the iPhone 6 is a potentially shrewd move. Apple's latest smartphone, along with its phablet-sized sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, set new sales records for the Cupertino, Calif.-based device maker after hitting store shelves on Sept. 19.