Microsoft Sway updated with expanded video support and enhanced navigation

Microsoft is iterating fast on its interactive storytelling app Sway. Just a few weeks after the company integrated the Sway app with the Photos app on Windows 10 and also added support for Windows 10 Living images, Microsoft is announcing today that it’s now possible to add videos to your Sways.

Sway will allow users to add videos from their devices but also from cloud services such as OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and popular videos like YouTube, Vimeo and Vine. To do it, just click on the Insert tab then either select OneDrive, YouTube or Upload to add the video of your choice. If you prefer to simply embed a video from the web, click on the Cards tab then select the Embed card to paste the video’s embed code. Furthermore, you can customize how you want your video to display by choosing from the “Subtle”, “Moderate” or “Intense” options in the Video or Embed card.

Sway video support

It’s easy to add a video to a Sway.

The Office Team is also improving the Sway viewing experience by allowing users to choose to see a Sway either horizontally, vertically or in the familiar presentation mode. To choose your favorite viewing mode, just hit “Play” and then click on the icon that lets you change your navigation layout.

You can choose your Sway viewing experience.

You can choose your Sway viewing experience.

Sway will also allow users to interact with full-screen photos on the web, Windows 10 and the iOS app: it’s now possible to use either touch, a keyboard or mouse to zoom in on a photo or navigate through groups of photos in full screen. You can try it on the embedded Sway below.

Lastly, Microsoft has added 14 new languages for Sway (Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, English, Filipino, Hausa, Icelandic, Kannada, Kiswahili, Macedonian, Uzbek and Vietnamese). The Windows 10 and iOS apps don’t currently support as many languages as the Sway web app does (53 languages), but you can check the full list of languages available on each platform on this page.

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