Employee training is one of the most important uses of streaming
media in corporations. By making training seminars available by
using Windows Media Services, corporations can ensure that
employees learn additional skills or refresh existing knowledge at
a time that is most convenient for their schedules in the locations
of their choice.
If the training is designed to be online, the course materials
can be integrated with screen shots, Web pages, and slides to
provide an interactive training experience. If the training is
being presented live, it may be simultaneously broadcast as a live
presentation and archived to be made available to viewers when they
When implementing this scenario, consider the following:
Encoding software is optimized for live streaming or recording.
Choose the appropriate encoding software for the approach you want
to use. For example, Windows Media Encoder can encode a live stream
directly to your Windows Media server but it does not provide you
with the opportunity to edit the content. Alternatively, Microsoft
Producer for PowerPoint 2002 enables you to create and edit a
presentation from a live source and synchronize it with a set of
PowerPoint slides, but it cannot transmit a live stream. For more
information about content creation tools, see the Windows Media
home page at the Microsoft Web site.
You can use Windows Media Services to archive a broadcast
stream to a file. Once the stream has been archived, you can
rebroadcast the file or make it available for clients later by
using an on-demand publishing point.
Using authentication, authorization, and logging can provide
you with information about the users that have received the content
from your server.
By using passwords with your publishing points, you can limit
employees' access to training until they have completed the
prerequisites or received permission.