Dec 16, 2014

What’s the difference between Microsoft’s Sway and Powerpoint?

Both Powerpoint and Sway are Microsoft Office applications. Both are tools to prepare presentations. Sway is cloud based, but then again so if Office 365, so that doesn’t seem to be the main difference. Has Microsoft just created an application to compete with Powerpoint, one of its most popular (and I assume profitable) applications?
Best answer
12/17/2014
I think the better comparison is that Microsoft is aiming at Prezi, the online presentation tool that has been available for many years now. Sway, which is now also free and online, can combine photos, videos, and other content directly from Microsoft and other SaaS apps (including OneDrive, Facebook, YouTube, Bing, and Twitter) and make them look nice inside your browser. Prezi has a lot more flexibility but a steeper learning curve. Powerpoint of course is available in both online and desktop versions.
12/17/2014
Microsoft Sway: PowerPoint on steroids
http://www.citeworld.com/article/2690333/consumerization/microsoft-sway-powerpoint-on-steroids.html

"Microsoft didn't compare Sway to PowerPoint, but it seems like a much easier to use, more modern version of the slideshow software. People can make really nice PowerPoint decks, but not easily. Sway appears to be designed to let people build the nicest kind of PowerPoint deck with ease, and then embed and display it in a natural way online.

Microsoft said it is working on integrating with more sources that users can tap into to grab content. It is also working on expanding features for businesses, like connectivity with SharePoint, integrating the Office Graph, and better security features."
Best answer
12/17/2014
I think the better comparison is that Microsoft is aiming at Prezi, the online presentation tool that has been available for many years now. Sway, which is now also free and online, can combine photos, videos, and other content directly from Microsoft and other SaaS apps (including OneDrive, Facebook, YouTube, Bing, and Twitter) and make them look nice inside your browser. Prezi has a lot more flexibility but a steeper learning curve. Powerpoint of course is available in both online and desktop versions.
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