Microsoft announced the release of a new addition to the Office 365 collaboration platform named Microsoft Stream on 18th July, 2016. This new addition provides a secure cloud platform to share and manage work videos. Currently in it is in preview and we do not have many details on pricing and feature availability yet.
Video is one of the most powerful ways we connect, communicate and learn today – breaking down geographic boundaries and bringing a distinctly human element to digital interactions. Myriad platforms exist in the consumer space to upload and share live or on demand in a matter of seconds. As one of the most consumed and shared content types on the internet, video is increasingly an important part of our personal lives. We believe video can – and should – be just as impactful in the workplace.
Today we are announcing the free preview of Microsoft Stream, a new business video service that democratizes access to and discovery of video at work. Starting today, anyone with a business email address can sign up for the preview in seconds and begin uploading, sharing and tagging videos in their organization. By taking the “work” out of managing video storage and security, Microsoft Stream enables organizations and their employees to communicate and collaborate with video more easily.
James Phillips – Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Intelligence Products Group
To read more on the official blog post, follow this URL. https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/07/18/introducing-microsoft-stream-the-secure-destination-to-manage-and-share-videos-for-businesses-of-all-sizes/
Now, back to post title. As I am very much interested on developments around the Office 365 platform, this was a great news for me. I signed up for the service and, I’m loving it already. If you already have an Office 365 for business subscription, it’s just a matter of signing in with your Office 365 user name and password. You don’t have an Office 365 subscription? Fear not. You can still sign up to the preview program using your work email address.
I took time to put together a getting started guide for this and uploaded to TechNet gallery. If you’re interested in testing, which I encourage you to do so, read my getting started guide. You can download it by clicking here.