ATOI365D#Office365Challenge – It’s the Big 5 Countdown (African Style). My focus for today, and the 4, final days following, will be the communication tools available to us. Today I’ll give an overview of Stream and what to expect.

Day:  361 of 365, 4 left
Tools:  Office 365
Description: Communication Tools in Office 365 – Stream
Audience:  All


To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

Tony Robbins 

Before we get started with Stream, I would like to share an Infographic I’ve created around the Communication Methods in Office 365. I will not declare this an exhaustive list – but it’s a good start. If you find this useful, please use, circulate & share.

I do think we forget how many options we have and the different mediums. Many of these are one-way communication tools but as effective when it comes to knowledge sharing, change management & training. It’s important that companies acknowledge all these options and clearly define a strategy around when to use what. Don’t be mistaken in thinking that “people should know”.

  1. Teams
  2. Surveys
  3. Community Sites
  4. RSS Feeds
  5. Picture Library Slideshow Web Parts
  6. Outlook
  7. Wiki Pages
  8. Alerts
  9. Blogs
  10. Announcements
  11. Stream
  12. Discussion Boards
  13. Page Viewer Web Parts
  14. Office 365 Groups
  15. Skype for Business
  16. Yammer

Today’s Big 5:



As part of my Big 5 Grand Finale I’ll give an overview of Streams. Many days ago I thought I would run out of content to write about, and I didn’t. There are so many features I haven’t even mentioned at all. 5 Big ones, as you know, will be Stream, Yammer, Planner, Groups & Teams. These will only be overviews, not quick reference guides, I’ll definitely get into those later.

A new business video service that makes it easier to access and discover video content inside your organization. Microsoft Stream builds upon the learnings and success of Office 365 Video, and over time the two experiences will converge, making Stream the de facto video experience in Office 365.

We’ve seen tremendous success and adoption of Office 365 Video since launching it in Office 365 more than two years ago. With the introduction of Microsoft Stream, we can’t wait to provide new innovation that meets the evolving requirements of Office 365 customers, such as the ability to integrate video with business workflows. Read more…

Basically it’s similar to  YouTube – internally for your organization. Apart from being a great place to load company announcements / monthly wrap-ups. I see Stream as the future of learning. Focussed content, no advertisements. Just imagine how this can change Induction for companies. Video that explains all you need to know accompanied by a Bot you can ask questions to get you started.

Engage and inspire your workforce

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Below are excerpts from the above site - I cannot explain it better in my own words if I tried.

Connected, secure communication

Upload encrypted videos for the whole company to watch—share insights, updates, and keep everyone informed.

Easier participation and collaboration

Share product research, brown bag sessions, company events and more—anyone can upload a video.

More engaged learning—anywhere, anytime

Create custom channels to make it easier for your co-workers to learn, train others, and discover company information.

The content you want, and nothing else

Create a secure, encrypted video site with no ads and no unrelated videos to distract people—and no headaches for your IT department.

Designed for companies the size of yours

Microsoft Stream delivers video to your whole company, whatever its size. Organize your company videos into custom channels to deliver fast access to HR materials, product information, and more—viewable from anywhere, on any device.


Exciting times. Hoping to see you around for my last 4 (in this challenge). 🙂

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.