Microsoft has announced the general availability of Sway, taking its cloud-powered web and mobile presentation tool out of preview and rolling it out to Office 365 business and education users.
The Sway team said in a Microsoft Office blog post that the general availability of Sway will expand the number of people who can access the tool, including consumers with a free Microsoft account, and that it has functionality with the recently released Windows 10.
"This makes it possible for many additional businesses, schools and other organisations to start using Sway to create and share interactive reports, presentations, assignments, lessons, projects and more," the team added.
Sway was introduced in October 2014 and is Microsoft's alternative to the traditional Office and content creation tools normally used for presentations.
The web and mobile app is essentially browser driven but uses a design engine to create what Microsoft calls a "digital canvas".
This allows content to be pulled from various sources, including Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and used to fill in a template with text, images and video.
The Sway team said that it has used the initial preview of the app to see how it will be used and how it can be improved.
"We've learned from the hundreds of thousands of amazing Sways you've built," the blog post said.
"Your invaluable feedback has helped us improve Sway to meet your needs, from adding fundamentals like multi-user collaboration, to the very 'Sway' way we addressed photo cropping."
This feedback has led to additional functionality for Sway, including a new layout in the Navigation pane that displays content in groups on one screen at a time.
Sway can also now publish collections of presentations to Microsoft Docs.com, a site where Office documents can be published and shared.
Users of Sway include designers, teachers and musicians, one of whom can be seen in the video below.
Microsoft is having a busy year with product releases and updates, having recently rebranded and overhauled the Outlook Web App, launched the Edge browser and released Office Mobile Universal apps for Windows 10.
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