Sway integration in Microsoft Photos helps you share your memories as interactive stories, Sway supports Living Images

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Microsoft is all about empowering you to do more in your personal, professional or academic life. Windows and Office working together have always been core to our mission, and they continue to be an unbeatable duo to help you to get more done, quickly. Today, we’re announcing integration of Sway, our new digital storytelling app from Office, with the Microsoft Photos app. With this update, it’s easier and faster than ever to use the photos and videos on your Windows device to create and share polished, interactive stories of your adventures with family and friends. Read below if you want to know more, or also check out this blog from the Windows Photo team on this integration.

Create a Sway in one click from a Microsoft Photos album

Microsoft Photos brings together photos and videos from all your devices, enhances them to make great photos even better and then organizes them into beautiful albums for you. These albums offer a fantastic way to share digital memories with friends and family. However, sometimes the situation calls for adding a narrative around the individual images and videos you share with others. That is why the Sway and Microsoft Photos teams have worked together so you can send an album to Sway with a single tap or click. Now you can turn your album into a professionally designed personal story in minutes!

In today’s updated version of Microsoft Photos, when you navigate to a particular album, you’ll see the Tell your story with Sway button at the bottom. Tapping or clicking the button sends all of the images and videos in the album to Sway, which uses its built-in design engine to create a polished, interactive web-based story you can easily share with friends and family. It’s simple and intuitive to continue using Sway to build on the collection of images and videos sent from Microsoft Photos. Transform your images into interactive photo stacks, comparisons, slideshows and more with just a few taps or clicks. Use structure, sections and text to create a story arc and enhance your narrative flow. Add a variety of other interactive multimedia, such as maps, tweets, Vines, charts and more. Now you have something engaging and dynamic to enhance the experience for your friends and family as they share your memories.

Turn your Microsoft Photos album into a professionally designed story in minutes with one-click Sway integration.

There are lots of scenarios in everyday life where you might create a story in Sway using photos and videos from Microsoft Photos. You might want to tell the story of that vacation you just took. Or maybe create a blog-style recipe for the delicious food you cooked (and photographed!) last night. Or add instructional guidance on top of images and video to share your expertise as you help others learn in a how-to narrative. The possibilities are endless—give it a try today!

Sway now supports Living Images

Sway also now supports Living Images from your Windows 10 device as a content type you can add to your creations. Living Images add motion and feel alive by capturing a bit of additional footage just before they are snapped. Including Living Images in a Sway can breathe additional life into your narrative. Living Images also pair nicely with other interactive multimedia you can include in Sway to enhance your story and make it more engaging for your audience. Adding Living Images from your OneDrive or your Windows 10 device is easy—just drag and drop or upload right from the Insert tab. You can now bring Living Images from your Microsoft Photos albums into all Sways you create with this new Tell your story with Sway integration.

Living Images can breathe additional life into your interactive Sway stories.

Get the updated version of Microsoft Photos today and start telling your story with Sway! If you have never used Sway, an account will be created the first time you use this integration in Microsoft Photos. Of course you can also create an account at We’ll keep working on more updates to Sway. If you have any feedback, drop us a line on UserVoice!

Sway team, @Sway

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  1. Do you have any plan to bring sway to Windows phone? Why is the office team completely neglecting windows phone? Onenote does not have inking options while this feature is being continuously improved in iOS and Android. We cannot sign pdfs in a windows phone using neither reader nor edge. It has been several months since sway was released and there is no sign of a universal sway app that can be used on windows 10 mobile. As a matter of fact, almost all office apps in windows 10 mobile have serious usability issues. On the other hand, now that OEMs have introduced continuum capable devices like the Elite X3 and Jade Primo. Microsoft itself promotes its most recent Lumia 650 as a “productivity capable’ business class device. But in its current state, the most wanted productive software – office (which MS owns) is poorly implemented in W10M.

  2. The Sway app for iOS was released 15 months ago with the promise that it would release in months for WM…..
    Our organization abandoned Windows Phone in late 2014 when Office released a new suite of touch enabled office apps for iOS and Android free of charge, while Windows mobile required a subscription to Office 365.
    Microsoft is the largest significant contributor to the “app gap” to WM rivals. While the core office apps are just starting to reach parity, innovation routinely occurs elsewhere. Use WM10 and want to modify or insert a chart element in excel, nope, schedule a Skype call in Outlook Mobile, nope, access your Microsoft SharePoint files from Word, nope, you will need iOS/Android to access these usability features.
    To the users who spend hard earned money in support of the Windows Mobile platform, it is unconscionable that Microsoft continually fails to display loyalty or take a leadership position in making windows mobile a premier platform, blogs and support websites are full of MS users voices getting ignored. For the last three years and running, go elsewhere to get the best MS experience, you won’t get it on a Windows Phone.

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