Nov 17, 2015

What’s the difference between Sway and Powerpoint?

Microsoft introduced Sway recently, but it sounds an awful lot like Powerpoint. What’s the difference between the two?
Sway actually has three different navigation types to choose from. I believe that you're primarily referring two the vertical scrolling one and the horizontal scrolling one. Neither of these are optimized for presentations, but in addition to navigating via the mouse wheel, the presenter may choose to use the arrow keys or spacebar to would navigate to the next piece of content. With that said, I think the third navigation style is the one you're looking for as it is optimized for presentations. With it you can organize your content into groups that appear on the screen one at a time.
In my understanding, the key use of Sway is for situations where you are willing to give control of the design decisions (positioning, colors, layout, fonts, etc.) to the Sway design engine. You simply give it pre-created content, and allow it to create a web/mobile-first design. PowerPoint is for situations that require full control over the design, such as maintaining corporate branding guidelines.
Sway is designed to quickly pull different content together and share it out on the web. Unlike PowerPoint you can't create content within the app, and control over styling is very limited.

"The purpose of Sway is to convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly. Unlike PowerPoint, it is primarily for presenting ideas onscreen rather than to an audience. Tutorials, topic introductions and interactive reports are the sort of things to which it lends itself. Sway presentations are backed up to the cloud, and can be easily shared or embedded in websites."
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