Microsoft has a new Office app and you can test out a preview version for free. It’s called Sway. You can check it out by going to Outlook.com, clicking the apps menu and selecting Sway or by going to the Sway website.
So what does Sway do? Frankly, it’s hard to tell by reading the description on the website. This is what happens when marketing people run amok describing things with buzz words that don’t mean much of anything. Microsoft describes it as an app for expressing your ideas in an entirely new way across devices. Further description says that it creates polished, interactive web-based canvas of ideas with a built-in design engine that takes the hassle out of formatting your content and integrates them into a cohesive layout that you can easily adjust to create a look and feel that reflects your unique style.
I think they mean presentation software, but from watching one of the handy videos on the site, it looks a bit like a combination of Movie Maker and PowerPoint. That could be pretty handy.
To use Sway, you’ll need to sign in with your Microsoft account. If you have an Outlook.com, Hot Mail, MSN or Live Mail e-mail, you already have one. If not, it only takes a couple of seconds to create.
Then click the Get Started button.
You’ll see this start screen.
Feel free to go check it out and play with this app, because that’s what I’m going to do. Make sure to watch the tutorial videos, they’re pretty handy.
In part 2 of this article, you’ll join me as I attempt my first Sway presentation and find out what this app is all about.