Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Sway?, part of Sway Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In a world of Excel and Word and PowerPoint, Sway is a newer member of that same Microsoft Office family. Sway is available online in a browser as you see here, but Sway is also available for Windows 10 as an app and has apps for iOS. And whether you are using an iPad or an iPhone or a Windows 10 tablet or a browser, Sway and the Sways that you create are optimized for the best experience given the device that they're being shown on.
Sway allows you to create and then share with your colleagues or with the public content about a particular topic. You can start from a template. Sways are used to create internal and external newsletters, trainings or how to's, business presentations, status updates, resumes, photo collections and so on. However you'd like to express ideas that are more than text, ideas that are a combination of text, images, movies and so on, that's when you would consider using Sway.
Sway has a design engine under the hood that makes it easy to create a compelling, inviting document given your content. For example, one of my favorite samples, which is featured right now, is one called The Universe. And when you look at this Sway, you'll have a good idea of what you can do with Sway. And I love the subtitle, A Cheat Sheet for What's Beyond the Planet Earth. Now remember I'm seeing this as anyone starting the Sway would see it. View more, I get instant instructions. By scrolling or swiping or using the buttons below, I can view more.
There are also settings at the top for auto play and sometimes there are features so that I can put a presentation on a kiosk and loop it 15 seconds at a time, whatever I'd like to do with this. But I'm going to simply click through the first few pages of the Sway so that you can see this Cheat Sheet for What's Beyond Planet Earth. Now this is interesting. We have an image and text and it doesn't flip the entire page. What we get is the text stays and we get more information.
What is the universe really? In other words, we don't have to flip page for page. We can slide half pages at a time. If you click the navigate button, you have the ability to go to a specific section of the Sway. So here we are, Earth: The Blue Planet with information about where we live. Read more, these links are real hyperlinks. And look at how inviting this is, how visual it is. This isn't a place where we try to figure out how much text we can put on a particular page or a particular slide.
This is a place where the images are compelling and the text can be spread out so that we can actually read it. Denser text then we should be presenting in PowerPoint for example. And beautiful imagery. Another Sway worth your time that is featured is called How To Sway and it has its own URL, sway.com/howtosway. This is a sample built by the Office Sway team.
View more by scrolling down. Oh yes, we can scroll down. We don't have to sway from left to right. We can scroll from the top down. Information on how to switch layouts. And again, if I'd like to know something specific, adding the right image, I can go directly to that section of the Sway. Sway includes different types of canvases and those determine the layout whether we're going to work vertically or horizontally for example. You have the ability to share Sways to post them on a webpage or share them on Facebook, Twitter and so on.
Sway is a new way to share information and share ideas, a way that is more beautiful, more interactive, sometimes even breathtaking. You can share Sways that you create using the Sway tools and canvas on a wide range of devices and they will look great every single time you share them.
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- Formulate Sways from existing documents or from scratch.
- Integrate heading cards and backgrounds into a Sway.
- Plan a design and navigation strategy for a Sway.
- Explain how to duplicate and remix when putting together a Sway.
- Recognize how to embed other content such as a YouTube video into a Sway.
- Illustrate how to make a copy or a template.
- Summarize ways to share a Sway.