Microsoft adds more features to Sway, updates iPhone app

Microsoft is building a new story telling application for Office that is called Sway. The tool, which is a compliment to what PowerPoint offers, is getting a few new features today that should help make the utility feel more familiar. For those of you who use the iPhone app, there is an update for that app too that has a long list of improvements.

To make Sway feel more familiar, the toolbar has been updated and now functions like other applications with a tab experience. In the toolbar, you now have quick access to Insert, Cards, Design and Remix.

Along with the updated toolbar that now makes it easier to select a Card with a Card gallery, there is another update to Cards that make them easier use. The second update to Cards is that when you hit the plus sign to add a new Card, you will see the most common types of content which should improve your workflow and help you to create a Sway faster.

There are also updates to fonts as well and the update that is rolling out for Sway allows greater control over this experience. The update allows you to pair a font and color to a style and for now, there are 15 font pairs to choose from with more coming in the future.

Finally, if you have been using the iPhone app with Sway, there is an update waiting for you to download. If you are interested, the change log includes quite a few items like adding video from your phone's camera roll and cropping of images; you can see the entire change log here.

You can check out Microsoft's post on all of the changes here but the important takeaway is that the tool is developing at a rapid pace and every few weeks more features are being added. It's because of this rapid release cycle that you can begin to understand that Microsoft sees Sway like any other app in the Office suite which means we fully expect this cadence to continue.

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