Microsoft has officially announced the full release of its new video service for enterprises.Called Microsoft Stream, the solution is being made available on a worldwide basis to customers on its Office 365 Enterprise plan.
This new service was released in its preview form during 2016 and the idea behind it is to render the process of finding and sharing video material quicker and simpler. It is being provided to the Office 365 Enterprise subscribers on a standalone basis, and the software firm has taken advantage of the time that has elapsed since it was previewed to add a number of new features to Stream, with the aim of increasing the product’s intelligence. The first of the new capabilities is one that enables searchable written text to be produced out of transcriptions of audio recordings. Using this feature, anyone deploying Stream will be able to go straight to the chosen section of a particular video by inputting a keyword that is spoken during that part of the video. Stream includes a face detection function so that anyone watching a video is able to see where those who are in it are at any time, while all of the points in the video where they are featured can be established quickly using the clickable timeline.
Another feature that has been added since the preview launch last year is a timecode one that the user will find in its comments section. There is a direct connection between this feature and the contents table and transcripts – which means the user will have the option of going directly to a section of a video that they want without difficulty.
The other big change is an improvement to the security of the platform. Microsoft Stream now offers encryption, with access only to people who have the necessary authorisation. This is to protect enterprise data security by ensuring that only those who are supposed to see shared video content do so. In the blog posted to announce the release, Microsoft’s Seth Patton stated that Stream represents a unified video management service complete with security, IT management, Office 365 integration and in-built intelligence, adding:
em>“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 like SharePoint, Microsoft Teams and Yammer."
He concluded by stating that the management of video material across work teams would be easier with Stream, thanks to its Office 365 Groups integration that provides designated channels for each working group. This should prove to be a really valuable solution for helping people within enterprises communicate more effectively with each other/p>
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