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By James Walker     Jun 21, 2017 in Technology
Microsoft has launched a video streaming service for enterprise customers of its Office 365 cloud platform. Microsoft Stream is described as an "intelligent enterprise video service" that's built to give companies a robust online video platform.
Microsoft Stream replaces the older Office 365 Video service that formerly allowed users to upload videos to the cloud and share them with co-workers. Stream is a more fully-fledged service that acts like a business version of YouTube. Uploaded videos include "likes" and "comments" and you can add videos to a watch later list for future viewing.
The basic interface is also similar to YouTube's, incorporating a large video player in the top-left quadrant surrounded by comments and related videos. Stream also has a "Faces" panel which uses face detection to identify Office 365 users in uploaded videos. These then appear beneath the clip on a clickable timeline that lets you jump to where they feature in the video.
Microsoft Stream
Microsoft Stream
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Stream supports additional features including linked timecodes that let you jump to a playback position in a video from comments. There's also speech-to-text transcription capabilities that allow you to download a video's content as text. You can type keywords to jump to the point in a video where they're said, a useful feature if you're viewing a tutorial or weekly briefing at your work.
Stream comes with "built-in, industry leading encryption" for video content to maintain the security of uploaded clips. There's a rich set of admin controls that let Office 365 controllers limit access to videos and require new employees to accept usage terms before getting started.
Microsoft Stream
Microsoft Stream
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The service can integrate with other Office 365 apps including Yammer, Teams and SharePoint to let you share your videos with the workplace. From the video page, you can post a clip to Yammer for public discussion or start a chat about the clip in Teams. Stream also works with Office 365 Groups, giving each group their own channel to upload videos to.
As video becomes the centre of attention for all the major tech companies, Microsoft is keen for it to play a role in the enterprise too. The company believes that businesses can use video to better communicate in teams and across the workplace. Stream is a tailor-made solution for enterprise video that's fully integrated into the platform thousands of businesses are already using.
Microsoft Stream
Microsoft Stream
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"Microsoft Stream is a single destination for video management, with built-in intelligence, deep integration across Office 365 and the IT management and security capabilities that businesses of all sizes require," said Microsoft. "It gives individuals a destination to contribute, search and discover all their company videos. It is also now the cross-suite video service for Office 365 in the enterprise, making it seamless for people to share videos inside Office 365 applications."
Microsoft Stream is available now to Office 365 enterprise customers who are in the main release cycle. It can be opened from the Office 365 app launcher and should also be showing as an integration in apps like Teams. Existing Office 365 Video users will be migrated over to Microsoft Stream in the second half of 2017. The full details on the migration are available on Microsoft's support site.
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