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 are expanding our efforts in the enterprise video market by launching Microsoft Stream, a video service for both Office 365 customers and those who are not Office 365 customers.

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 the existing Office 365 Video portal and iOS app.

The features and specifics around eligibility may change from what’s shown below as we gain more experience with the transition and take customer feedback.

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 (started rollout June 2019)
Open to customers in specific regions who are not using the Office 365 Video REST APIs, Office 365 integrations (Delve, SharePoint Home, SharePoint mobile, Enterprise Search), and are comfortable with other differences between Office 365 Video and Stream. See more details about the migration experience for this phase.

Request early access to migration before it is available to all customers: https://aka.ms/O365VideoEarlyMigration

NOTE: The self-service migration wizard will be rolling out by region and by number of videos that are in a tenant. If your organization is not currently enabled for the migration and you are eager to get started on your migration, you can fill out this form to get your organiztion added to the list of customers requesting early access. Not all customers that request early access will be granted it, but we will try to accomodate where possible.

Phase 2 – Tenant Admin Opt-out (TBD)

Applies to all customers in all regions. If the tenant admin doesn’t opt out of the transition their tenant will be transitioned over to Stream during this phase.

Phase 3 – Automatic Transition (TBD)

All remaining Office 365 Video customers will be automatically transitioned over to Stream.

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.

How do I disable Microsoft Stream if I’m not ready to use it right now?

Microsoft Stream will be visible in the Office 365 application launcher and will be on-by-default at the tenant level. You can determine which users have access to Stream and which don’t have access by managing user licensing through the Office 365 Admin Center or via AAD PowerShell. For more information about limiting access to Microsoft Stream, see License management.

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.

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 with rough roadmap timelines 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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