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.

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

What is Microsoft Stream?

Microsoft Stream is a video service that uses the power of intelligent enterprise video to enable knowledge sharing, easier communication, and connectivity in a secure enterprise environment. Microsoft Stream is the successor to Office 365 Video; however, the two services will co-exist during the transition period. Both are built on Azure Media Services and use the same streaming video technology, allowing playback at scale across any device. Where Office 365 Video leveraged SharePoint Online for infrastructure and storage, Microsoft Stream is built from the ground up on top of Azure.

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

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.

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.

Public region timeline

Phase 0 – Beta customers (Concluded)

Limited to beta customers willing to help test/verify the transition. Stream product group validates a customer is ready and eligible to move and then runs the scripts manually on the backend for the customer.

Phase 1 – Tenant admin opt-in, self-service migrations (started rollout June 2019)

During this phase Office 365 video admins can use the migration assistant to migrate to Stream on their own schedule.

See more details about the migration experience for this phase.

Update October 21, 2019 - The self-service migration has been enabled for nearly all public region customers, the remaining few public region customers will be enabled soon. However, self-service migration has not been enabled for customers in GCC (Government Community Cloud), China, or Germany, these regions will be enabled at a later time (see below).

Phase 2 – Tenant admin opt-out of automatic migration (TBD)

If an organization's admin doesn’t opt out of the migration during this phase, your organization will be migrated over to Stream automatically. If you want to opt-out of migration during this phase and migrate on your own schedule you must change the migration timing setting to delay your migration up to the retirment date of O365 Video.


When we enter Phase 2 for your region, your admin will recieve a message center post giving them a 2 months notice in order to opt-out. If your organization's migration timing setting is not changed to "delay the migration," your tenant will automatically be migrated to Stream after the 2 months notice. See the migration timing setting for more information on how to opt-out of Phase 2.

Phase 3 – O365 Video is retired, automatic migration for all customers, including those that chose to delay the migration (TBD)

Customers who choose to change their migration timing setting to delay the migration as long as possible (up until the retriement date of O365 Video) can migrate on their own schedule during this phase. To be a part of this phase you must take an action to change your migration timing setting in Phase 1 or Phase 2 above. If you don't you'll be migrated in Phase 2 automatically.

However, when we reach the O365 Video retirement date (date comming soon), if a customer hasn't already migrated to Stream, they will be migrated automatically.

GCC timeline

Update October 21, 2019 - We anticipate that GCC customers will be able to start migrating to Stream in January, 2020. For GCC customers Phase 1 and 2 will be combined. GCC admins will recieve 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 extended longer than that for public region as the phases above are starting later.

Germany & China timeline

Update October 21, 2019 - Microsoft Stream has not yet been deployed to the Germany or China regions. Those new deployments of Stream are tenatively scheduled to start in the first half of calendar year 2020. As such the dates of the migration phases will be different than the other regions above. We'll update you with more information as we get closer to having Stream available in these regions.

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
  • 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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