SharePoint Online, Stream, SharePoint Development Services
From Microsoft Corporation
Technical Bulletin: MC496849 · Published Jan 12, 2023
ACTION REQUIRED by May 15, 2023
Microsoft will retire Stream (Classic) on February 15, 2024. Certain parts of the service will retire sooner unless you take action. For example, end users will be blocked from uploading new videos on May 15, 2023 and will not be able to access Stream (Classic) at all after October 15, 2023, unless you delay these changes by using the new migration settings in Stream (Classic) admin center. These new migration settings will become available to you in February. See the timeline in the link below for more details.
Stream (Classic)’s successor service, Stream (on SharePoint), entered general availability in October 2022. We recommend that you 1) begin using Stream (on SharePoint), 2) direct your users to upload videos SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, and Yammer, and 3) put a plan in place for migration.
We have not yet announced a retirement date for Stream live events. In the coming months, we will announce the retirement date of Stream live events and give you a six-month period to begin using the successor service, Teams live events with external encoder support, currently in public preview.
When this will happen:
The timeline for Stream (Classic) retirement can be found here: https://aka.ms/StreamClassicRetireTimeline
How this affects your organization:
Stream (on SharePoint) brings your users many of the capabilities of Stream (Classic) while allowing them to record and play videos directly in many everyday work and school apps such as Teams, Office.com, Yammer, Viva, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. In addition, Stream (on SharePoint) also enables your and your users to:
- Easily manage video files with the same security, admin controls, multi-geo support, compliance (eDiscovery, legal hold, retention, and data loss prevention policies), permissions, and sharing controls as the rest of your files in SharePoint and OneDrive.
- Record videos with advanced tools directly in the camera like background blur or replace, inking, text, audio only, and teleprompter.
- Search for videos anywhere in Microsoft 365. You can now find videos and Teams meeting recordings across Microsoft 365 by searching keywords.
- Find what you need quickly on the Stream start page in Office. The new start page shows recent, shared, and favorite videos, with playlists coming soon. (Note: The Stream start page doesn’t show you videos in Stream (Classic).)
- View Teams Meeting Recordings with transcripts, chapters, timeline markers, speaker attribution, and comments.
- Create custom page, site, and portal experiences to feature videos as part of your intranet and Viva Connections.
- Share videos the same way you would any other file in Microsoft 365 with support for Guests, People in your Organization links, or unauthenticated external sharing with “anyone” links.
- Get analytics per video, for all the videos in a site, or see who has watched your video.
- Add videos to the Viva Connections Feed.
- Use APIs based on the Microsoft Graph Files API for basic video file operations.
These benefits add up to ease of video management for admins and more productivity for your teams.
What you need to do to prepare:
Migrating your content from Stream (Classic):
All your existing Stream (Classic) videos can be transferred to Stream (on SharePoint) to take advantage of Stream’s rich integration within Microsoft 365. To support your move to Stream (on SharePoint) we have created migration tools that allows you to transfer your videos to SharePoint while also bringing over metadata, links and permissions associated with your videos.
To begin using the migration tool please see our Migration Overview – Stream (Classic) to Stream (on SharePoint)
The migration process involves both moving your content and directing your users to Stream (on SharePoint) which has a different look and feel than Stream (Classic). We recommend that you begin planning your migration soon.
Note: In 2022, some admins requested to opt out of a change on the upload page for Stream (Classic), which added a button for uploading to Stream (on SharePoint). Beginning on Jan. 18, 2023 all end users in all customer tenants will see the option to upload to Stream (on SharePoint).
Below are links to more information about migration and Stream (on SharePoint):
- Stream retirement and timeline overview and migration tool details.
- Learn about the migration tool
- Stream (Classic) video report
- Settings (coming soon) to delay block-upload and disablement
- IT admin overview of Stream (on SharePoint)
- Stream (on SharePoint) adoption and end user guides.
- Stream (Classic) to Stream (on SharePoint) comparison