Sway Updates Includes Recording, Closed Caption and Navigation

New to Sway—recording, closed caption, navigation, autoplay and view counts.

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The Sway app receives an update on Tuesday now includes the ability to add audio recordings and closed caption files, and introduces a new Navigation view.

Audio recording in Sways, the top requested from educators is now availabe with the latest update rolling out on Tuesday, lets you now add audio recordings to make your Sway more interactive and engaging. Sway can recording is supported in browser such as Edge (on Windows) or Chrome (on a Mac or Chromebook).

Audio recording in Sways
Audio recording in Sways

Sway also now let authors associate closed caption files with their audio recordings or audio files added from their local drive or OneDrive/OneDrive for Business. While in Office 365, authors can associate closed caption files with any video files uploaded from their local drive or from OneDrive for Business.

To add closed caption, first add a new video or audio card to a Sway by either uploading content, recording it or adding the content from OneDrive/OneDrive for Business account. Then expand the card using Details button. Next, click Add closed caption button at the bottom of the expanded card and select closed caption file (.vtt format) and the language it is in.

When viewing a Sway that has a video with closed captions available, it is easy to simply select the option to turn closed captions on and the language of the closed caption they'd like to see.

Close caption in Sway
Close caption in Sway

The new Navigation view let you jump back and forth between sections or get a glimpse of the Sway content. "Your Sway title, section headers, images and text collectively form an engaging and informative navigation view."

Now, a click or a tap on the Navigation icon in the bottom-right corner, make Sway fades into the background and the Navigation view appears. You can click or tap each section tile to jump to that section, or scroll to see more sections if your Sway is longer.

Auto play Sway
A Sway can now autoplay and can be continuously loop for unattended cases such as billboards.

Those with Office 365 subscription, can now set their Sway to play automatically. To do this, use the … menu on the top right, go to Settings and turn autoplay on.

And, by clicking Settings gear at the top right-hand corner of the Sway, you can set up a delay, then press Start to automatically play a Sway that's currently you're viewing. You can also change the delay, pause or stop playback using the controls on the bottom-right corner, when a Sway starts playing.

View count, now available to authors help them see "how many people have viewed their Sway."

The view count is available since March 13, 2017, so if you still see "No data," this means that the Sway has not had any viewers since that date, office team said.

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