Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its new venture, Microsoft Sway. This new addition to the Office Suite, promises to deliver a means to pull together, format, and showcase online content at the drop of a hat. With drag-and-drop functionality, users can pull text, photos, videos, and other media content from various sources—Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter—and merge that content into what Microsoft describes as a “web-based canvas,” all without leaving the Sway app.
With the addition of preformed, customizable layouts, users can create pages that express their unique styles and then seamlessly integrate those pages into websites, social networks, and smartphone devices.
Once the project is laid out, Sway generates a URL that pulls up the project on any device with a web browser. No need for multiple layouts for desktop computers, mobile devices, etc. Sway will adjust automatically to the screen on which the URL is accessed.
Microsoft Sway is currently in its Invite-only preview mode, as it is still in development. Interested parties are invited to participate by the Sway website, mentioned below.
“Sway is an app for expressing your ideas in an entirely new way across your devices. Help shape that future by working closely with us while we continue building Sway during our Preview. Request an invite to join at http://www.Sway.com. Then tell us what you like, what you don’t, and what you want to see change. We’ll be listening closely.”