Over the years of working with customers to help implement SharePoint, I have found that each customer uses SharePoint in a slightly different manner. Some use SharePoint to leverage the document management features, while others want a company intranet with dashboards, wikis, and blogs. This flexibility is what makes SharePoint such a powerful business tool.
With Office 365, Microsoft continues to expand on the capabilities that SharePoint can provide through what they are calling NextGen Portals. Recently, the first of these portals were announced called Office 365 Video.
Office 365 Video is an intranet website portal where people in your organization can post and view videos. It’s a streaming video service for your organization that’s available with SharePoint Online in Office 365. It’s a great place to share videos of executive communications or recordings of classes, meetings, presentations, or training sessions, for example. Office 365 Video displays a thumbnail image of each video on the site. You just select a thumbnail to view a particular video.
Organizations can designate users permissions to be channel admins for Office 365 Video. Channel Admins for Office 365 video can create channels and organize videos. Channels can be used for specific subjects, groups, or departments. Users granted edit permissions for a channel have the ability to control who can view the channel and the videos that are in it. This security control allows users to only see channels and videos that they have permission to when they log on to the Office 365 Video portal.
Video is one of the most powerful mediums of communication used today. With Office 365 Video we now have the opportunity to expand the capability of your SharePoint deployments. Bring video capability to your users with the ability to display a video that is managed in the Office 365 Video portal on a SharePoint Online site or a SharePoint site with hybrid single sign-on set up by inserting the embed code for the video on your site. A great article with detailed instructions for embedding a video into your SharePoint site can be found here:
If you are already using Office 365 you probably have access to this great new feature. Log into your Office 365 portal and start creating channels and uploading all your corporate videos for a corporate YouTube type of experience and start integrating video communication across your business.