With Microsoft Sway, your next presentation doesn't have to suck

MARK KAELIN |

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"On August 5, 2015, Microsoft announced that Sway had been moved from Preview status to Generally Available status for all Office 365 users. Microsoft describes Sway as a digital storytelling app, which is a fancy way of saying publication software with multimedia features. Sway tries to tap into the more multimedia-savvy and younger enterprise workforce by offering them communication tools beyond the basic PowerPoint presentation. Only time will tell if this is good news for enterprise communication or if it is simply more bad news."

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