Video is the future with 45% of people watching more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week. In the workplace, video is a key way to share information, educate and train employees, drive engagement and build culture.

Microsoft Stream was released by Microsoft in mid-2017, replacing “Video” as the dedicated O365 tool for video management and consumption.

Uploading videos is quick and easy using drag & drop capabilities. Users can watch video content on any device from anywhere and engage with content in the usual ways, liking/commenting and sharing or embedding videos on web pages within the organisation.

Stream offers the ability to manage who can view video content with security managed via Azure Active Directory.

Helps with

Stream has strong integration across Office 365 – OneNote, Yammer, Sway, Teams and SharePoint, allowing you to share videos in context with other content for example within a Teams channel, or on a SharePoint communications site.

Manage content: Integration with Office 365 Groups means every group has a designated channel, allowing you to manage content across teams easily.

Access content: Features like closed captioning and screen readers make videos accessible.

Find content: Facial recognition and “speech to text” help people locate the right content – search for a keyword and Stream will not only find a video that contains the keyword but take you to to the actual point that it comes up.

Beware of

Stream is not YouTube and does not support email addresses from consumer email services or telecommunications providers.

Live streaming capabilities are not available but are planned for a future release.

Currently, only English and Spanish are supported for autogenerated captions and to get this happening, you must set your “Language” field to one of these.

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