Microsoft helps LinkedIn launch its first live video streaming service

Microsoft is getting involved in live video streaming, through its ownership of LinkedIn. The social network is launching a new LinkedIn Live service to its 600 million users, allowing people to live stream video content. It’s arriving initially as an invite-only beta this week for US users, and it comes nearly 18 months after LinkedIn originally started supporting video.

LinkedIn Live will focus on streaming things like Q&As, events, conferences, earnings calls, awards ceremonies, product announcements, and more. Microsoft is helping support LinkedIn Live through its Azure Media Services, providing the all important encoding technology to seamlessly stream live videos. LinkedIn is also partnering with Wirecast, Switcher Studio, Wowza…

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