Sway is a product from Microsoft that has gotten a lot of attention, but not a lot of users, due to its preview nature. Sway is a program that allows for amazing storytelling to be shared, and it has been used by many during its preview. On Thursday, it went from preview to a product being rolled into Office 365.
Thursday marked the integration of Sway to Office 365 users, but also brought a number of updates to the product. All of these updates will ensure that Sway gets used by more professionals and uses, while giving them amazing new features that they can use to show off presentations and more.
Office 365 Rollout and Language Additions
The biggest news about Sway, is the rollout to Office 365 business and education customers. Microsoft started to roll this out on Thursday, and also is including a UserVoice forum to offer support to users to try it out. First release customers will see it first, and others will see more as it gets rolled out more.
Sway also gets six more languages in its support, and that will be a big thing to help it gain users. Now, users can use the Sway web interface in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (in addition to English). Support for Japanese is the next one coming, and the mobile apps will support it as well.
Wikipedia Support, Flickr Support & Structures
Microsoft is also including Wikipedia snippets about people, places and other terms in Sway. It started to include YouTube videos and Bing Images, and has grown to more items like Wikipedia. It is a simple thing to add these snippets to presentations, and will give users a more complete presentation this way.
Sway also gets personal and community images from Flickr with these latest updates on Thursday. This will make it easy to go through Flickr and add from the millions of images there. Lastly, users can add new structures to their Sway with the grid card, and this is a very visually stunning feature.
Try Sway out if you haven’t already. It’s a nifty tool and worthy of trying out today.