The new Stream Web App is here. I found it! And it supports Teams Meeting Recordings

given that I pretty much liked everything about Stream: the web experience, the mobile experience. Both were easy to use and did what it said on the tin. It had started to have great features like trim and screen capture. It could be brought into Teams in a number of ways - and kudos has to go to the Stream Team for how hard they must of worked on it; creating a strong app which was really taking off and really focused bringing out the best in video. However, on the other hand whilst recognising all of this; pivoting made a lot of sense. There was a growing amount of noise and frustration from the tech community about not being able to share video externally, about not being able to apply common compliance functionality such as retention. Since Stream had it's own completely separate storage many things had to be developed separately. Whilst I know there was plans to do this - ones which were very near to completion since I was involved in roundtables previewing the functionality; in a world where apps like Microsoft Lists were being designed to work right across the stack leveraging existing storage on SharePoint and OneDrive and existing security and compliance functionality; Stream felt outside of that almost moving in the opposite direction. So 'bringing it into the Microsoft 365 stack', the idea that a video 'is a file just like any other file' won out. And what did that mean? Stream 2.0 would pivot to become the player across the Microsoft 365 stack. SharePoint and OneDrive would house video files. There would be a new personal web app, a new player and video 'portals' which could be created on SharePoint. Now, in the time between Ignite 2020 and now much has focused on things such as recordings, changing the default location to SharePoint and OneDrive and CDN support. We know that the new player is coming soon due to it hitting the message centre. However not much has come out officially about the web portal and when we can start using it. Tonight, out of sheer curiosity I had a go at amending an URL since this worked previously for Lists via OneDrive. The new Stream portal is already there. This wasn't in a TAP or preview ring. This was in a Ring 4 GA tenant. Let's see what we can do

Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Opting into SharePoint/OneDrive for Business as the location for Teams Meeting Recordings

Stream is changing. If you kept up to date with Ignite then you will know that it's being re-imagined and rebuilt to integrate seamlessly with applications across the stack. One of the consequences of this change is that Teams Meeting Recordings (TMR) will - like all video - be stored within SharePoint (in the case of channel meetings) and OneDrive (in the case of non-channel or what we call private meetings). There is a lot of sense and upside to this. For example, video will now be able to be shared externally which was the Achilles heel with classic stream and which many users ended up doing anyway albeit moving the video manually. Secondly, we can now leverage Microsoft 365's security and compliance functionality such as retention

Microsoft Lists Fundamentals Part 1

I have a little detour from Teams this week. Of course, Microsoft Lists will come into Teams in the next month or so - this has already been confirmed. Yet I like many others have been caught up in the hype and wanted to get hands on with the web app experience as a primer for that. So it's a good thing that even though it's not officially in my Ring 4 test tenant - as in no icon on login - there's still a way to access it - many thanks to Matt Wade and Michael Pisarek for bringing it to my attention on social. So, Lists. Lists are effective for many things - Itineraries, Assets, Expenses, Project Steps, Go to Market actions. And there is many reasons as to why you would make a list. You would make it to record track and organise. You would make it in order to collaborate with others. You would make it to share with others. Yet lists in Microsoft 365 are not new. As announced at Build, Lists are an evolution of SharePoint Lists and encompasses SharePoint Lists and which is now a cross app all of it's own. Let's have a look

Teams: #FightCorona – Files: Tab, Pin, Search and Move

The last blog looked at what you needed to know about files if you were using Teams for the very first time. How to create them. How to upload your existing files from your local machine. How to sync Teams files and personal files to your desktop and how to share files with others outside of your Team and outside of your organisation. This one is all about accessing and finding files. Most people use certain files more than others. We don't want to have to trawl through all our files in order to be able to find specific ones every time. A good file experience allows us to find them quickly and have them to hand

Teams: #FightCorona – Files: Create, Upload, Sync, Share

Files are at the centre of the collaborative experience. Whether it is a business report in word, an excel spreadsheet, or a PowerPoint presentation - we are increasingly working together to produce content. We can share with the team. We can share outside the team. We can work in real time from anywhere, on almost any device all in one space without having to spend time on emailing the file to each other with multiple copies laying around in your local documents folder. Teams brings it all together, and through Teams we leverage the power of SharePoint and OneDrive. In understanding how to use Files in Teams, I am absolutely certain you will never go back to a solution such as a File Server. Let's start with the basics - there is a lot of ground to cover