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July 15, 2017

Office 365 Video vs Microsoft Stream

Office 365 Video

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. Let's talk about Office 365 Video vs Microsoft Stream.

It is linked up with Microsoft SharePoint online via Azure Active Directory to allow the organization complete control over video 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, offline playback and embedding functionality. Microsoft realized 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 defector 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, watch, and share videos on the go with mobile devices. The videos have categories according to likes, current streaming, and what is trending. Stream uses its own built-in Comments interface, while Office 365 Video uses yammer for video comments.The user does not have to look to yammer to see if any conversations exist. Along with office-graph dynamics in use to recommend videos that would best suit 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 Videos 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 took place.

Apart from all the positives and hype, Microsoft stream still lacks a few keys features. And they are, the ability to tag people in videos, deep search, enterprise search 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. So, Office 365 Video vs Microsoft Stream? It's available as a mobile app for both, android and iOS. Also, Microsoft Stream meets the same compliance standards as Office 365 Video.

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