Microsoft has started to roll out Sway, its web-based presentation tool, to Office 365 business and education customers.
Initially, the Sway for Office 365 application will be rolled out to First Release customers and will become available to all eligible Office 365 customers over the coming months.
Centred on fast and easy content creation, Sway will enable business users to create interactive reports and presentations, while teachers and students can use it to make lessons, projects, assignments and portfolios more interactive. The content will also flow more responsively across all device types.
Users can already pull content from OneDrive, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as their device’s local storage to create personalised idea boards. In December 2014, Microsoft also added functionality to allow people to use Bing Image Search to find images online and add them to their ‘canvases’.
Now, users can also incorporate images from their own personal albums on Flickr, or community images that have been tagged with Creative Commons licences.
The ‘Suggested search’ functionality has also been expanded to enable people to include Wikipedia ‘snippets’ containing an image and an article abstract.
Meanwhile, the new Grid Card enables users to organise any images, videos and text into a uniform grid, which will adjust automatically to fit the screen it is displayed on. Sway intelligently crops the images to fit the grid, while users can use the Focus Points feature to ensure the important parts remain in the image.
In addition to English, Sway now supports six more languages including Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. It will soon support Japanese and several other languages.
Sway for iPhone will be updated soon to support these languages and become available in the App Store for markets where those are official languages.
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