Microsoft Stream FAQ

This article gives answers to the frequently asked questions.

What is Microsoft Stream?

Microsoft Stream is an Enterprise Video service where people in an organization can upload, view, organize and share videos securely. It's easy to get started with your work email. Learn more about the Microsoft Stream sign-up process

Who is Microsoft Stream intended for?

Microsoft Stream is the video management and sharing service for employees at all levels across businesses of all sizes who are interested in using videos in the workplace to connect, collaborate, learn and share information. Anyone can search for videos easily and consume them on their device, whenever and wherever.

What tools do I need to use Microsoft Stream?

All you need is a web browser and a work email address to use Microsoft Stream.

What browsers does Microsoft Stream support?

Microsoft Stream supports Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and the current versions of Chrome and Safari.

Why do I have to sign up with my work email?

We don't support email addresses from consumer email services or telecommunications providers. Learn more about the Microsoft Stream sign-up process.

Which work email addresses are supported?

Work email addresses ending in .com, .edu, and .org are supported.

Those ending in .gov and .mil aren't currently supported.

Can I share videos with a specific person or my organization?

Yes. You can share videos within an organization or with a specific person or people using the "Who can see this video" setting that is available during upload or edit. Learn more about setting permissions here.

Will Microsoft Stream work on mobile devices?

Microsoft Stream is available on mobile browsers with full functionality across all platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone).

Can I do live streaming from Microsoft Stream?

Currently, Live streaming capabilities are not available but are planned for a future release.

What languages does Microsoft Stream support?

See the Localize Microsoft Stream topic for the list of supported languages.

Can closed captions automatically be generated for uploaded videos?

Yes. Microsoft Stream currently will automatically generate a closed caption for an uploaded video if the video has the language field set and the language spoken in the video is either english or spanish. See the Generate automatic captions topic for more information.

Is Microsoft Stream available globally?

Microsoft Stream is available globally.

How does video storage work for Microsoft Stream?

Microsoft Stream stores videos and metadata in it's own service built on top of Azure. As such it's own storage quota for videos uploaded. Only the original videos uploaded will count against the quota, transcoded copies for adaptive streaming do not count against your quota. See the Licensing overview topic for more information on storage.

What is the Office 365 Compliance Category for Microsoft Stream?

As of February 2018, Microsoft Stream is classified as a tier C service within the Office 365 Compliance Framework.

Learn more from the Office 365 Compliance framework documentation and see which certifications and standards are in each tier:

Next steps

Use the following resources to get started with Microsoft Stream: