How to Block Video Download for Videos on Microsoft Stream

Do you have videos that you want to share with your audience, but not allow them to download? If so, you might be interested in the new feature that Microsoft Stream has introduced to make it easier for you to block video download for your videos.

Some videos are meant to be viewed but not downloaded. For example, you might have videos that contain sensitive or confidential information, or videos that are licensed or copyrighted. By blocking video download, you can prevent unauthorized copying, distribution, or misuse of your videos.

Block Microsoft Stream video downloads


What’s new for SharePoint – December 2023

Welcome to the last edition of my monthly blog post for 2023, where I share the latest updates for SharePoint and related technologies. December was a calm month, with everyone getting ready for the holidays and the pace of announcements and updates slowing down for the season. However, there were still some important news to share, especially around SharePoint sharing and Microsoft Stream.

The migration deadline for moving your videos from the classic Stream to the new Stream, which is integrated with SharePoint. If you still have videos on the classic Stream, you need to migrate them to SharePoint before it’s too late.

I hope you find this blog post useful and informative. As always, feel free to leave your comments and feedback below. Thank you for reading and happy new year!

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


SharePoint Embedded: A New Way to Build Custom Content Apps with Microsoft 365

SharePoint is the base foundation for most of the new apps being released for Microsoft 365, such as Microsoft Loop and Microsoft Designer. But did you know that SharePoint can also be the foundation for your own custom applications? With SharePoint Embedded, you can use SharePoint as a headless CMS, giving you the power and flexibility of Microsoft security and storage features while at the same time you have a lot more control to build amazing new applications.

SharePoint Embedded


What’s new for SharePoint – November 2023

November was a month of great updates for SharePoint and the applications that run on top of it. Microsoft Stream, which used to be an isolated application, is receiving a lot of new features soon and your videos and meeting recordings will be more interactive than ever before.

On the SharePoint side, there were also updates to the document libraries, which now allow you to access a prebuilt set of templates that will increase the productivity of your users while working within the intranet. The updates of the month were not only about existing products.

During Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft introduced SharePoint Premium, a new offering that will include the features from Syntex. Later in November, during the ESPC, Microsoft introduced SharePoint Embedded, a new headless CMS that will enable ISVs to build their apps on top of SharePoint, leveraging the security of the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


SharePoint Premium: A New Way to Manage Content with AI

Microsoft just announced SharePoint Premium, a new solution that leverages AI to transform content management and content experiences in Microsoft 365. SharePoint Premium is now in preview and will be generally available early next year.

SharePoint Premium builds on the success of SharePoint, the market leader in content platforms, and expands its capabilities to help organizations get more value from their content throughout the lifecycle.

SharePoint Premium


The Ultimate Guide to Templates in Microsoft 365: A Powerful Feature to Boost Your Productivity

Templates are one of the most useful features of Microsoft 365 that can help you create amazing content in less time and with less effort. Templates are pre-designed sites, documents, lists, libraries, or teams that you can customize to suit your needs.

In this series of articles, I will explain what each one of these types of templates is and how to create them to take advantage of the same structures over and over again. I will also share some tips and best practices to help you train your users to be more productive. Keep reading!

Microsoft 365 Templates


SharePoint and OneDrive: How to Create Shortcuts for Faster and Easier Collaboration

One of the challenges of working with digital documents is how to organize them in a way that makes sense for you. Different people have different preferences and habits when it comes to file management. Some like to create folders and subfolders for every project, topic, or category. Others prefer to keep everything in one place and use tags, filters, or search functions to find what they need. And some may use a combination of both methods or something else entirely.

Whatever your style, there is a feature that can help you access your SharePoint documents more easily and efficiently: OneDrive shortcuts. Shortcuts are links that you can create from SharePoint document libraries to your OneDrive. They allow you to create your own structure and organization for your files and folders, without affecting the original location or permissions of the documents. In this blog post, I will show you how to create shortcuts from SharePoint document libraries to your OneDrive and how to use them effectively.

OneDrive ShortCuts


Introducing document libraries templates in SharePoint

SharePoint is a powerful tool for managing and collaborating on documents, but sometimes it can be hard to create a document library that suits your needs. That’s why I’m excited to announce that SharePoint now has document libraries templates out of the box!

With document libraries templates, you can easily create a document library with a scenario relevant structure, metadata, and content types – all to save you time and maintain broader consistency across your content management organization.

Document libraries templates in SharePoint


What’s new for SharePoint – October 2023

SharePoint has undergone a remarkable transformation, what was once a standalone application has evolved into a powerful platform for a growing array of Microsoft 365 applications. In this monthly update, you’ll find the latest changes, starting with the refreshed landing experience for Viva Connections, which now boasts branding capabilities, announcement features, and enhanced layout options.

Additionally, you’ll learn more about the retirement of Microsoft Stream Classic and the promising announcements for its successor. The updates for Viva Connections, such as the ability to create more experience and consistent brand theming, are also on the agenda, along with the introduction of a search feature for Viva Connections on Android and iOS. These changes reflect the ongoing evolution of SharePoint and its expanding role in the modern workspace.

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


Get ready for the revamped Viva Connections news card

Microsoft Viva Connections has been a handy tool for keeping employees informed about corporate communications, and it’s just getting a much-needed update to make it even better.

The Top News Card, which many of us have relied on is getting updated, with more options, it virtually covers all of the scenarios an organization could face.

News Card in Viva Connections


I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.