Microsoft Introduces Office 365 Video

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Microsoft has launched Office 365 Video- a first among NextGen portals as Microsoft likes to call it, a new addition to SharePoint online features.

“Office 365 provides organizations with a secure, company- wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content. With a beautiful user interface and intuitive content management options, Office 365 Video is designed to meet the requirements of IT and win the hearts and minds of users,” shares Mark Kashman- senior product manager, Office 365 in this post on Office Blogs. Office 365 video leverages Yammer and the Office Graph to deliver a social, personalized experience, he adds.

It’s now available to Office 365 First Release customers and is expected to be fully deployed worldwide to all Office 365 customers by early 2015.  Office 365 Video lets users watch and share videos anywhere, anytime and on any device. On the video home page, the section on top- the spotlight section highlights the important videos whereas the popular section recommends the personalized and relevant videos. Also, the custom channels offer you the videos classified according to specific topics. You can comment and start conversation threads on videos that you may like. You can upload your own videos by a simple drag and drop in the upload area.

Videos are stored in SharePoint online and further transcoding is done by Azure Media Services to give users best possible viewing experience on any device at any bandwidth. Video managers can set permissions for video channels according to the prescribed rights for users.

Office 365 Video has four core benefits, says Microsoft.

  1. Simplicity– Users can simply drag and drop the video files into web user interface to upload them.
  2. Discoverability and Share ‘ability– Videos are easy to find via enterprise search with a dedicated search experience in the video portal. Also, every video player page has easy access to share directly into Yammer via inline conversations.
  3. Mobile– People can view and share videos within Office 365 on any device. They can even upload new videos from their device.
  4. Built-in-security and easy to manage– As per the Office 365 Trust Center commitments, everything in Office 365 Video portal is encrypted and secure by design. For admins, it’s easy to set permissions for each video channel for users as who can upload, edit and view the specific videos.

In future, Office 365 Video will focus on broader mobile device coverage, “publish to” scenarios like using Office Mix to publish training content into Office 365 Video, recommendations powered by Office Graph, ability to embed videos elsewhere in your intranet, captions, the ability to create collections and share them, and always monitoring performance and solid upload experiences and means to improve overall.

Office 365 Video is available in the Office 365 E1, E2, E3 and E4 subscription plans (and the corresponding A2, A3 and A4 plans for Academic customers). According to Microsoft, Government plans are in planning, but not available at this initial release moment. Office 365 Video will not be available for Office 365 Business SKUs (formerly the Small Business Plans) and Office 365 Dedicated plans.

Check out the videos below about Office 365 Video released by Microsoft.

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