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Microsoft Stream: What Businesses Need to Know

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft recently announced the rollout of Microsoft Stream, a business-focused video management service aimed at providing organizations with a secure place to upload and share videos. If you're a current user of Office 365 Video, or simply interested in what Microsoft Stream can offer your company, this FAQ should help 

Microsoft Stream was created to replace Office 365 Video, but the two products will exist together before Stream eventually subsumes Office 365 Video.  

Microsoft says the phased transition period from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream will begin in the second half of the 2017 calendar year, which means it's just started. When Microsoft is ready to move your organization to their newer video service they will contact you through the Office 365 Admin center and walk you through the process. All your videos, channels and permissions will be maintained, so you won't lose anything.  

Microsoft Stream offers users more functionality than Office 365 Video. Some major benefits of Stream include the ability to control permissions at the video level, create subchannels within certain groups, share the same video over multiple channels, allow users to comment and like videos and more.  

There are some features in Office 365 Video that Microsoft Stream doesn't have yet, but which Microsoft is working on adding. These are primarily features that will be of interest to admins and not casual users, but if you want to see a full side-by-side comparison, Microsoft published one here 

Not currently. For now, Microsoft Stream isn't a webcasting tool so much as a repository for storing and sharing existing videos. However, Microsoft has already announced that they plan on including live streaming capabilities in future versions of Microsoft Stream, but they have not specified when that will be.  

Yes. You can use Microsoft Stream on nearly any mobile device, from Apple to Android to Windows.  

Microsoft recommends using an updated version of Safari, Chrome or Edge to access Microsoft Stream.  

Microsoft Stream looks promising for business users who want more functionality than 365 Office Video currently offers. There are step-by-step guides, overviews and training videos available for Microsoft Stream now 

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.