Microsoft announced the launch of Office 365 Video, which gives businesses and organizations a destination for posting, sharing, and discovering relevant video content.
The company names onboarding new employees, distributing a message from the CEO, and community contributions as examples of where this might come in handy.
“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,” says product manager Mark Kashman. “Powered by Azure Media Services—the same service used during the Olympics (6,000 plus hours of video in 18 days)—Office 365 Video benefits from adaptive smooth streaming technology optimizing video playback for the device it’s being viewed on. It, too, leverages Yammer and the Office Graph to deliver a social, personalized experience within Office 365.”
To upload a video, you can drag and drop video files into the web interface or upload them from a mobile device.
“Videos are easily searchable via enterprise search, with a dedicated search experience in the video portal already scoped to show only video results,” says Kashman. “All uploaded videos are discoverable in Office Delve (similar to documents, videos are automatically fed into the Office Graph).”
Everything in the video portal is encrypted.
Microsoft is working on a variety of features for the offering, which will be available in the near future. You can read up on those here.
The product is rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers at first, and will come to all customers by early next year.
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