Microsoft announces the general availability of Its Video Sharing Service Stream

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Today, Microsoft has officially announced the worldwide general availability of Stream, highlighting some "new intelligent features which take enterprise video to new heights".

Stream was introduced last July, and Office 365 Enterprise customers can now put it through the paces as the eventual replacement for Office 365 Video.

Microsoft tacked on a few new bells and whistles in the gap between Stream's introduction a year ago and the general availability release. The service also includes speech-to-text detection that automatically transcribes videos uploaded to Stream and the transcriptions are a lot more accurate than what you see on YouTube's auto-generated captions. Instead of having to watch a whole video just to get to the 15-second part you need, Stream lets you type in descriptive keywords to jump to any point those words are spoken. A clickable timeline indicates every place they appear. The Streams service offers a single destination for all of your video to make discoverability easier and to offer a unified solution for hosting the content as well. Encryption and authenticated access are both utilized, along with management through Azure Active Directory and Office 365 Groups.

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The company also says that Stream makes it seamless for people to share videos insider Office 365 applications which are encrypted and are shared only with the intended customers. It also plays nice with Office 365 Groups, so every group has a designated channel, which should help keep video content organized. Those without Office 365 can still try a Microsoft Stream standalone plan.

Current Office 365 customers can find Stream in the Office app launcher or visit the Microsoft Stream website to sign in.

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