Today Microsoft released a new application that is designed to help you make a functional, good-looking presentation with a focus on doing it fast. At first you might think, “PowerPoint…?” No, this new app is called Sway. The idea behind this app is that you can almost instantly turn anything you have in writing, pictures, and, well, anything really, into something presentable, pretty much right then and there. The app should be available for iOS soon, followed by Andriod and Windows at a later date.
Check out this YouTube video that Microsoft released:
One of the things that I think will be particularly useful about this app is the fact that you can search for content inside the app instead of switching between browser and PowerPoint, which is hard, especially on mobile.
You will also have the ability to collaborate with others on a project, useful for school and work.
You’ll have different layouts of presentation that you can chose from, much like PowerPoint does.
As well as “Moods” which are themes that you can give your “Sway”.
If these two design choices are too much for you, you have the option called “Remix” that lets Sway take over and make those decisions for you. As you can see from these screenshots of the video, the user interface looks nice too, very touch friendly and easy to use. Adding media is as simple as pie, all you have to do is drag and drop and Sway will take care of placement and design.
Microsoft presents Sway as a medium for you to be you. From their website,
“You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps you do just that.”
I can actually see a market for this app and I can even imagine myself using it. The app is aimed at people of all ages, but for people of all ages to use it differently. For example, as in the promo video, I can see the app being used in education by children, letting them easily create lovely presentations for class. On the other hand a college student or professional might use the app to document their work and progress on a project and have it readily available to show superiors. As well as being an app for professionals and education, you could see Sway being useful for creating a visual presentation of a day at the Beach or even something more long term, like documenting your kids childhood. This is similar to the way that Google will put your photos from a day out into a Storybook. The Sways should end up being sleek and distinctly Microsoft, and a viable and simple alternative to using Powerpoint or another presentation technique.
If you want to see more, here is a video from Office Garage Series announcing and tinkering with Sway:
Source: Office Blog