Acknowledging the Increasing Importance of Video

Microsoft is making it easier for companies to share videos internally with their employees, starting with the launch of a service today. The new serrvice called Microsoft Stream.

Microsoft Stream ultimately is meant to replace the existing Office 365 Video service. Stream is for uploading, sharing, managing, and viewing corporate videos that can be used for education, training, and cross-company information sharing. Companies that produce a lot of internal video, from the training videos to sales collateral to fun stuff from the holiday party, now have a new repository where they can upload, search for, and share videos inside the organization.

The features are designed to assist employees in finding the videos they need, according to Vishal Sood, a group program manager at Microsoft. While Stream makes it simpler for people to add metadata like tags to videos, the AI features make it easier to find the right footage without human intervention.

Stream also uses encryption and authenticated access to ensure customers are sharing content only with their intended audiences. It uses existing identities via Azure Active Directory and Office 365 Groups to make security management simple.

Microsoft Stream is a single destination for video management

Current Office 365 customers can find Stream in the Office app launcher or visit the Microsoft Stream website to sign in. For those without Office 365, standalone plans are available and you can sign up for a free trial. There’s a video overview below too.