Earlier today, we announced General Availability (GA) of Microsoft Stream (see the Microsoft Blog post as well as the Office 365 blog post to catch up with the announcements). We started this journey with you all back in July 2016 when we announced the public preview of Stream and it’s been fun leading up to the GA release. We really appreciate all the feedback you shared with us and we used that to shape up the GA release. We announced a bunch of really cool capabilities today so let’s start with looking at a summary first.
We really hope you enjoy these new capabilities in Stream along with the new experience. With the help of our friends over at Microsoft Mechanics we recorded a quick 5 min. demo. Please check it out!
There are still some other capabilities that we are still working on like support for public anonymous access on videos, analytics and live streaming to name a few. As we make more progress on these we’d definitely keep you updated via this blog. Beyond these we have a very robust roadmap and like always we’d love all your feedback in helping us inform the roadmap.
Thanks to your continued feedback, ideas, and support, Office 365 Video has validated our belief that video is increasingly important for all kinds of organizations. The success, usage, and engagement of Office 365 Video has allowed us to expand our efforts in the enterprise video market and allowed us to launch the successor to Office 365 Video, Microsoft Stream.
As we’ve mentioned in the past Office 365 Video will be converged with Microsoft Stream over next several months in a phased approach. The first phase of transition is estimated to start some time in Q3/Q4 2017. As such, at this point in time, there will be no change to Office 365 video. When we are ready for the transition, we will reach out via the Office 365 Admin center and also use that channel to keep you up to date on the progress.
For more detailed information, answers to common questions about Office 365 Video transitioning to Microsoft Stream, and a detailed comparison of the differences between O365 Video and Stream, see this help article: Office 365 Video transition to Stream.
If you are already using Office 365 Video you can continue to do so. We will continue to make improvements, maintain, and support O365 Video during this transition. However, once we’ve incorporated the best of O365 Video into Stream and have transitioned all existing O365 Video customers and their videos into Stream, we will retire the existing Office 365 Video portal and iOS app.
If you are just starting with enterprise video we encourage you to look at and consider using Microsoft Stream.
We are also using the GA milestone to move our community over to Microsoft Tech Community which has already been the home for many other communities like Teams, SharePoint, Yammer and Office 365 Video. We know a lot of you are already using Microsoft Tech community and this change should help you keep in touch with us even more.
The community was moved over earlier today so please go ahead and join Microsoft Stream community. All ideas and forum topics were moved already to make this transition smoother. Starting now, you can ask us any questions or share ideas on our community at the new location. Once again, we look forward to continued support from you, and look forward to your feedback and ideas that got us this far.
If you are a current Office 365 customer, you can find Microsoft Stream in the Office app launcher, or visit the Microsoft Stream website to sign in. If you don’t have Office 365, please consider a Microsoft Stream standalone plan or start your free trial right away.
We know you might have questions and to answer all your questions we request you to join our Ask Us Anything session on the Microsoft Tech Community on June 29, 2017 at 9 a.m. PDT (UTC-8). We look forward to you joining us and we’ll all be there answering your questions.
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