It’s not that often that the popular Microsoft Office suite gets an all new member, but that’s exactly what happened with Sway – the program joined the official line-up of Office software a few years ago.
The program is used to create interactive visual reports, presentations, and more. Unlike, for example, PowerPoint, where users select from pre-set templates for their presentation designs, Sway promises users almost complete freedom in their designing efforts. It was designed to allow users to create all sorts of content – Newsletters, presentations, stories, even just personal doodles.
Users can add all sorts of media, be it images, text or other content. Their content is arranged in a storyline-type setup, where the creator can add more elements and sections as they please. Content can be imported from sources like OneDrive, Flickr, Bing, PickIt, even YouTube, and, of course, your own device.
The program features a design engine that makes it easy even for less tech-savvy customers to come up with creative and innovative designs. With the use of layout tools, customizable design pre-sets, font options and more allow for a quick style change. Finished ‘Sways’ as they are called can be shared with anyone online – it even works on mobile.
The program is free to use, as long as you have a Microsoft account – for example, from using Hotmail, Live, Skype or your Windows login. Not everything is available in the free version – users of Office 365 have access to more content as part of their subscription.