In between the recent MVP Summit and other conferences/work, Alistair Pugin and I recorded a couple of episodes of 365 Unplugged for REgarding 365.
The first one was in-person as we were both at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. We talked about Sway and what it’s place in the Office 365 suite was:
The more recent video was about MyAnalytics (or as I refer to it: “fitbit for work”) and what impact it will have to Office 365 customers when people realise they now have it included at no extra cost:
Sway has been around for a number of years, and is an application I use quite frequently. My relationship with Sway wasn’t positive at the beginning, because while it is a relatively simple tool to use – I initially felt you needed to be more of a creative person to get the most out of it.
A tool I absolutely love and would prefer to spend most of my days with is PowerPoint. With the Design Ideas feature in PowerPoint powered by Office 365, my presentations now pop more than before.
So which would I use? PowerPoint with it’s cloud-powered design capabilities, or Sway which allows me to create persistent and visually rich online presentations?
The answer is both. Ultimately it comes down to the purpose, audience, lifespan and interactivity of the content I am creating. However one thing I’ve been doing for the past two years is to combine the visual creation capabilities of PowerPoint, such as Smart Art and Design Ideas, with Sway itself.
The video below shows how I can create a visually appealing presentation in PowerPoint and then bring it across to Sway for a better online experience.
While Word (both on the desktop and web) already has the capability to “transform” documents into Sway, the same functionality doesn’t yet exist in PowerPoint. I’m told by the product team that it’s coming, however has been delayed due to other priorities and areas of focus – but it is coming.