Office 365 Video, A Transition to Microsoft Stream
by Farwah Aslam
Humans by nature have more inclination towards visual stimulus rather than words and numbers. This holds true in both education and leisure. A time tested and broadly adopted form of education now is to use audio-visual modalities for vocational training. The need for a personal video portal for organizations is the need of the hour, with several platforms existing already. Out of which one such platform is Office 365 Video. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Office 365 Video a personal you tube channel, with a lot of common features. Both in terms of layout and functionality. A versatile and user-friendly portal that is a part of the Office 365 suite. Azure media services employ them to offer a dynamic cloud video hub, that are accessible on the go and with any device.
It is linked with up with Microsoft sharePoint via an Active Directory to allow the organization complete control over its content. Using time tested and easy to navigate features this was a well-rounded service native to the Office 365 suite. But it had several integral flaws including the absence of a native video player and embedding functionality. Microsoft realised that there is a niche in the market for a video portal and what they did is that they roll out Microsoft Stream in June 2017.
Road Map of Stream
According to Microsoft, Stream will be the defacto video platform in the coming years with tech giants planning to merge the metadata and content of the two platforms together. Stream not only comes bundled with an excellent native video player, better streaming capabilities with all devices but also with the feature to upload and watch videos on the go with mobile devices. The videos have categories according to likes, current streamings and what is trending. Alongwith office-graph dynamics in use to recommend videos which would best suite the individual needs of an employee. Microsoft currently has ambitious plans to rapidly evolve Stream into the go to media cloud portal for businesses and corporations.
The road map for Stream includes several exciting new features including external sharing and live streaming capabilities. Next, Stream and Microsoft Cognitive services will have a link and will embed with speech recognition and facial recognition capabilities. These not only transcribes the text for hearing but also pinpoints the exact location in a video where a particular word or phrase was takes place.
Apart from the all the positives and hype, Microsoft stream still lacks a few keys features. And they are, the ability to tag people in videos and external sharing feature and a native editing tool. Microsoft has promised the integration of these features in upcoming updates, making Stream a product worth investing in.
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