What is Microsoft Stream?

“Microsoft Stream is an Enterprise Video service where people in your organization can upload, view, and share videos securely. You can share recordings of classes, meetings, presentations, training sessions, or other videos that aid your team’s collaboration. Microsoft Stream also makes it easy to share comments on a video, tag timecodes in comments and descriptions to refer to specific points in a video and discuss with colleagues.” – Microsoft, June 22, 2017

You are able to break content into channels and groups to enable a higher level of audience management that also includes methods to determine who is viewing what content.

In my opinion, the largest problem with this product is that you can only use this product internally. Guest accounts must have Azure AD account credentials to access.  Although I am seeing this product being shared out amongst other O365 tools, such as Teams, this guest account limitation can cause you some issues.

Recent updates include an announcement of Tier C compliance, this includes certifications for compliance standards like SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses.

Other recent enhancements (April 2018) include:

  • Spotlight videos on Home page, Stream groups pages– This enables admins and group owners to highlight (or spotlight) videos on Stream to raise visibility on those and bring them to employees.
  • Cloud recording for meetings in Microsoft Teams– Stream enables recording of meetings in Teams and making those available for consumption after the meeting.
  • More seamless SSO with Teams  – Stream now supports seamless SSO for Stream videos and channel embedded in Teams when using the Teams desktop client.
  • Edit transcripts and people timelines– Customer can edit automatically generated transcripts and curate face timelines.
  • Splitting who can create channels and who can upload videos – Admins can now specify a different set of people who can upload videos to Stream from those that can create company wide channels.

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