Microsoft Office Sway and Juventus F.C.

Office_Sway_logoThose who know me know that one of my biggest passions is football. No, not the NFL (although I like that too) but soccer. Or futbol. Or footie. Or whatever name you want to call it.

And there is no bigger fan of the Italian football club Juventus F.C. out there than me.

So, when I signed up for the Microsoft Office Sway preview back in November I did so because I like new technologies. I also really like the cool video that was promoting the product. Perhaps the best feature though is that it can run on any browser on any device.

When I was accepted to the preview program in December I knew I wanted to create a tribute to my favourite football team. In the end I had the whole thing done in less than 45 minutes.

I found the interface very simple to use. In fact, the video shows a young child using it to create a school presentation. And yet it is powerful enough to design a prototype of a new product on it.

A sway is built on a “Storyline.” You add content (text, documents, photos, videos, charts, etc.) to build out your story. You can start from scratch or work from an existing document. Searching for videos and photos to add is simple enough with the built-in tools. You can also choose from multiple structures and styles to design your presentation.

Since completing my first Sway the program has been opened up to everyone. Microsoft is still accepting suggestions for making Sway better and there is also a community forum where you can get help.

In the end my Sway turned out OK. The lack of flowing design is the fault of the creator, not the program.

I guess Microsoft liked it though as they tweeted it out as an example of what a sports fan can create:

Have a look for yourself at what I built and see what can be accomplished: https://sway.com/g1BBEIGqtMHFKI7N