Office 365 Video transition to Microsoft Stream overview

The popularity of Office 365 Video has validated our belief that video is increasingly important for all kinds of organizations. With that validation, we have expanded our efforts in the enterprise video market and launched Microsoft Stream back in 2016 as the replacement for Office 365 Video.

Since the launch of Microsoft Stream, we have been busy improving the platform in preparation for Office 365 Video migrations. Check out what’s new in the Stream release notes and what’s coming next on the Stream roadmap.

For detailed step by step on how to run the Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream migration, see migration experience and planning documentation.

What are the transition plans for current Office 365 Video customers?

Updated December 19, 2019

The transition from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream will be a phased approach and we will continue to maintain and support Office 365 Video during this time. After we have transitioned all existing Office 365 Video customers and their videos into Stream, we will retire Office 365 Video.

Public regions timeline

  • Now - Migrate or delay (Phase 1)
  • March 1, 2020 - Automatic migrations begin if you didn't delay (Phase 2)
    • Automatic migrations begin for organizations who didn’t change the migration setting to delay or delete my content
    • Tenant admins will receive several Office 365 message center notices about the upcoming automatic migration if the migration timing setting isn't changed
    • If your organization would like to put a plan in place for migrating to Microsoft Stream on your own schedule, your admin will need to click delay before this date
  • April 1, 2020 - iOS App retired
    • Office 365 Video iOS app is retired and removed from the Apple App Store
  • March 1, 2021 - Automatic migrations even if you delayed (Phase 3)
    • Office 365 Video is retired, automatic migrations begin for remaining organizations who delayed the migration
    • Tenant admins who opted to delay the migration will receive several Office 365 message center notices leading up to this date as reminders
    • Organizations who delay should put a plan in place to migrate to Stream via the migration tool before this date
  • March 1, 2022 - Redirection removed
    • Redirection for links and embed codes from Office 365 Video to Stream will no longer be maintained

Government Community Cloud (GCC) timeline

We anticipate that GCC customers will be able to start migrating to Stream in early 2020. For GCC customers Phase 1 and 2 will likely be combined. GCC admins will receive a message center post when their organization is entering the start of Phase 2 giving them a 2 months notice to change their migration timing setting to delay before automatic migrations begin. The O365 Video retirement date for GCC will be announced later.

  • April 1, 2020 - iOS App retired
    • Office 365 Video iOS app is retired and removed from the Apple App Store
  • Other retirement dates to be determined

National clouds Germany & China timeline

Microsoft Stream has not yet been deployed to the Germany or China regions. As such the dates of retirement will be different than that above. We'll update you with more information later in 2020.

  • April 1, 2020 - iOS App retired
    • Office 365 Video iOS app is retired and removed from the Apple App Store
  • Other retirement dates to be determined

How will I know when Microsoft is ready to move me?

When we are ready for the transition, we will reach out via the Office 365 admin center and also use that channel to keep you up to date on the progress.

What will happen to my video content when it’s transitioned to Stream?

Microsoft will transition all videos, channels, and permissions from Office 365 Video into Stream. After the transition, existing Office 365 Video embed codes and links to videos will still work, redirecting to the same content in Stream. See transistion details for more info.

What new features will I have access to with Microsoft Stream, if I choose to start using Stream now?

The features below are offered in Microsoft Stream, visit our website to learn more.

  • Office 365 Groups support, allowing a video library for every Office 365 Group
  • Permissions at the video level
  • Sub-channels within a group
  • Videos may appear in multiple channels
  • Personal watch list to get back to videos later
  • Comments and likes directly on the video
  • Rich video description, including links directly to times within a video
  • Automatic closed caption based on what’s spoken in the video
  • Deep search of what’s spoken in the video
  • Face detection, allowing exploring a video by where a face appears
  • Live events
  • Support for Hive (P2P), Kollective (P2P), and Ramp (cache proxy and multicast) as eCDN providers
  • Microsoft Teams meeting recordings
  • Stream mobile app on iOS and Android with offline playback

Will I lose any features if I move from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream right now?

While there is strong feature overlap between Office 365 Video and Stream, there are some features from Office 365 Video that are not yet available in Stream. We are actively working to add the best of Office 365 Video into Stream. Check out what’s new in the Stream release notes or what’s coming next on the Stream roadmap.

These features are offered in Office 365 Video but are currently not available in Stream:

  • Videos and channels showing up in Delve, SharePoint Enterprise Search, SharePoint Home, and SharePoint mobile apps
  • REST API
  • Video view statistics
  • Spotlight channels on home page

In addition to the differences described above, you can see a full feature comparison here: Office 365 Video and Microsoft Stream feature comparison

Which regions does Microsoft Stream host my data in?

Stream currently hosts data in the following regions:

  • United States
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Australia
  • India
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • US Government Community Cloud (GCC)

Stream will host data in the following regions in the future:

  • China
  • Germany
  • GCC-High / GCC-DoD
  • Other local regions

If you use Microsoft Stream and your Office 365 tenant is in a region outside of regions where Stream is currently deployed to, your data will be stored in the nearest geographic region.

To find the region your tenant is in:

  1. In Stream, click ? in the upper right corner.

  2. Click About Microsoft Stream.

  3. Click Your data is stored in.

Over time, we will be adding Stream instances in more regions and locations.

For more information in general on where data is stored across services in Office 365, see Where is your Office 365 data located.

Does Microsoft Stream meet the same compliance standards as Office 365 Video?

Stream meets a higher compliance standard than O365 Video. As of May 2019, Microsoft Stream is classified as a tier D service within the Office 365 Compliance Framework. Tier D means Stream meets compliance commitments around standards like: FERPA, ISO, EUMC, HIIPAA, SOC 1/2, FedRAMP, HITRUST, and others.

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

O365 Video is one tier below Stream at tier C.

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