We’re not shy about using our own products and services internally here at Microsoft, and as such, we’re already taking advantage of recently moving our internal video platform—Microsoft Stream—under the Microsoft 365 umbrella.
The transformation of our corporate video platform has made it easier for our employees to create, upload, edit, and publish enterprise videos, says Marc Mroz, a product manager for Microsoft’s Office Media group, who explained that the new, modern Microsoft Stream experience is benefitting from now being located within SharePoint specifically.
“Many people were already familiar with what they can do in SharePoint,” says Mroz, who has been showing teams at Microsoft what they can now do with internal video. “We just helped connect the dots and showed them how to make a video destination, how to organize by folder, keyword, or metadata.”
The Microsoft Digital Employee Experience team has been working with Mroz and the product group team on deploying the modern Microsoft Stream experience across the company, with the team that publishes the company’s internal employee portal among those taking the lead on trying it first.
Using video to connect with employees in more meaningful ways has become more important as companies like Microsoft adjust to a new hybrid workstyle where employees aren’t working in the office as much as they used to, says Farnaz Hafezi, a program manager with Microsoft Digital Employee Experience.
“The last few years have really shown the importance of video for hybrid work,” Hafezi says. “It helps us collaborate, communicate, and educate. We’ve seen a significant increase in video within our tenant.”
Folding Microsoft Stream directly into Microsoft 365 and SharePoint using OneDrive for storage has made it more useable and accessible within Microsoft, Mroz says, adding that it also ensures that the product stays more current.
An image providing a screen capture of Microsoft's internal site, MSW, with an embedded video from Microsoft Stream.
Microsoft’s Customer Zero
The Microsoft Digital Employee Experience team plays a significant internal role here at Microsoft as Customer Zero. What does this mean? It’s about trying out the company’s new technology offerings first—in this case, that means deploying the new Microsoft Stream internally to early adopters before it is broadly deployed to customers, listening to feedback from our early users, and then feeding those insights back to the product group. This virtuous circle gives the product group important feedback that makes the product stronger before it gets to customers.
One of the early adopters was the team that runs MSW, the company’s internal employee portal.
“There are things we can do in modern Stream that were difficult to do in classic,” says David Potts, a site administrator for MSW. “Our team is a mix of employees and vendors at any given time, but the whole team needs to be able to do authoring and manage videos. Anything you can do in SharePoint, including guest permissions, is now available to us.”
The feedback from Potts and other early users of the product has made the modern Microsoft Stream experience stronger, Mroz says.
“It’ll look better and be more purpose fit than classic could ever do,” he says. “Now we have an out-of-the-box video platform built into SharePoint, and when we show it to customers, they get it.”
To learn more and to find out how you can deploy the modern Microsoft Stream experience at your company, read the full story here: Corporate video at Microsoft gets a big upgrade thanks to the modern Microsoft Stream experience. You can also check out this helpful guide for using Microsoft Stream at your company.
If you're thinking about upgrading to the new Microsoft Stream experience, here a few things for you to consider:
- When moving from classic to the modern Microsoft Stream experience, take stock of your current inventory, especially if you have a large archive of Microsoft Teams recordings. Not every video is going to be worth the effort of bringing along.
- Thanks to the way SharePoint sites populate content, you can elegantly use parent and child sites to share content to targeted audiences without having to duplicate efforts
- Keep your SharePoint organized; this was true before Microsoft Stream came to Windows 365 and it’s still true after
- Video is a great way to onboard new employees or offer just-in-time training. Microsoft Stream’s compatibility with Microsoft Search makes it easy for connections to be made
Visit Microsoft Inside Track to learn more about how Microsoft uses its own technology and services as well as the company's Customer Zero journey.
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