Are you familiar with Microsoft Sway? If not, don’t panic. It’s one of those applications that isn’t exactly a household name. Part of Microsoft Office, Sway allows you to create interactive reports, presentations, and personal stories, in a fresher visual style than PowerPoint. Students, business professionals, and everyday folks can build a presentation using text, graphics, videos, charts, maps, tweets, and other media. The software is available as a downloadable Windows app and as a component of Microsoft’s Office Online suite.
So is the program worth trying? And should you bother using it when you’re already rocking PowerPoint? I used Sway to create an interactive presentation to try to answer those questions.
You can snag Sway one of a few ways: You can download it as an app from the Windows Store in Windows 10, or use the online version. Both offer the same features and functionality; there is no advantage to selecting one option over the other. The downloadable app, however, is available only for Windows 10, while the online edition is accessible in prior versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and 8.1.
You’re not limited to creating your Sway on a computer. You can cook a Sway up on an iPhone or iPad using the Sway mobile app available for iOS devices. Microsoft is also currently developing mobile app versions for Android and Windows Phone.
Nor are your Sway viewers limited to a specific software app or platform. You can view a Sway presentation via a Web browser on a computer or mobile device. No special software is required.