I am lucky enough to be one of the few with early access to the Sway preview. “What is Sway” you say? Sway is a new way to express and present your ideas online. In Microsoft’s recent announcement of Sway describe it as “a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser”. That’s right. Your browser. It’s another app in the “Online First, Browser First” direction Microsoft has now taken. The goal is to make Sway easy to create with and share your ideas, with built-in design assistance.
One key driver for creating Sway is that documents and traditional presentations lack interactivity and don’t present online content well, or can’t in the case of paper documents. Sway allows you to insert online content such as YouTube videos, pictures from OneDrive, Tweets and Facebook posts. It guides you to layout your ideas using a concept called “cards”. Once the cards are built, they can be presented with headings, grouped, re-ordered and emphasized.
Learn more about Sway in the knowledge base at the sway.uservoice.com forum.
My first Sway was a conversion of some of my recent content about the OneNote Class Notebook Creator. I used the following content I had already created:
- YouTube videos
- PowerPoint with Office Mix videos and questions. I removed the videos and questions and imported the PowerPoint directly into Sway. This created the Sway cards, laying out my presentation with the same words and order as my PowerPoint.
- Blog post pictures – I sync all my Blog pictures to OneDrive. They are accessible in Sway and can be dragged into the cards and displayed in a number of ways.
I’ll follow this post with a more in-depth look at the Sway environment, sometime over the next week.
Note: The embedded Sway below is best viewed if you click/tap the full screen button.