I recently reached out to the ALT-members list to see if anyone had had chance to use OfficeMix:
This followed a tweet which received a reply from Techsmith:
Thanks @TechSmithEDU – I did suspect I was behind the times in only just seeing about this!
— Ian Gardner (@iangardnergb) September 22, 2014
Surprisingly no one on the ALT (Association of Learning Technology) list replied, which might be a sign that MS are struggling to keep UK Higher Education clients (or at least keeping them on the latest versions). Someone at my work did though say they have tried it and are very impressed. My main interest is in distribution models considering the potential use for this kind of output in eLearning.
Hot on the heels of all of this is the release of this video on Sway:
I have requested beta access to Sway. Whatever happens with these two tools, kudos to Microsoft for trying to reimagine publishing – let’s face it, the Word and PowerPoint domination has not been very helpful for creativity in business. Microsoft’s approach with these tools seems to be to aim for cross-device web accessibility in the publishing (and app based authoring), in contrast to Apple’s app future via iBooks (which is probably the nearest thing?).
Personally I’m more of a web than App fan so I’ll be looking forward to that Sway invite coming through 😉 It will be interesting to see if OfficeMix picks up most use (via the PowerPoint user base) or people can be swayed to a different tool (and Sway will finally be the death knell for Publisher?).