Migrate from Microsoft Stream (Classic) to the new Microsoft Stream

The last several years have validated our belief that video is an indispensable asset in organizations of all sizes and kinds. With that validation, we have expanded our efforts yet again related to enterprise video in Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Stream launched back in 2016 and was loosely connected to other Microsoft 365 apps and services but videos were stored separately. With the new Stream, you upload videos the same way you upload any other file, and you choose where they are stored in teams, sites, communities, or user file stores. As such, existing videos will need to be migrated from Microsoft Stream (Classic) to the new Stream to take full advantage of all that SharePoint and Microsoft 365 has to offer.

It is still early in our development of this migration process, but we do have a set of principals we will follow based on many discussions with customers and hearing your feedback.

Migration approach

Our approach to the migration experience will be one of flexibility and putting the Stream admin in control of the migration. Some considerations:

  • Flexibility on when and where to move content

  • Both end users and IT admins can migrate content

  • Links between Microsoft Stream (Classic) and the new Stream can be added

  • IT admin capabilities such as settings,reports, etc.

  • Not all content must move to the new Stream—old videos can remain in Microsoft Stream (Classic), and will be deleted over time

  • Using and enhancing existing Microsoft 365 migration tools for migrating other files into Microsoft 365

Migration phases

We don’t have all the dates yet, but we do have a set of phases that we’ll use for this migration. You’ll be able to use previews of the migration before the migration tools and new Stream covers every feature. We want to take an iterative approach with the migration to allow you to get comfortable with the process, give us direction and feedback on it, and unblock any early pilots or use cases that want to use new Stream as soon as you are ready.

  1. Preview of IT admin-led migration (Q2 2021)
  2. Preview of end user-led migration
  3. Preview for meeting recording migrations
  4. New Stream ready with needed features
  5. Migration tooling complete with needed features
  6. Microsoft Stream (Classic) retirement date set; you must migrate content you want to keep before Microsoft Stream (Classic) is retired
  7. Redirection of links and embed codes from Stream (Classic) to the new Stream are removed (1 year after retirement date)

Frequently asked questions

What will happen with existing links and embed codes to classic Stream after migration?

After a video, group, or channel, is moved to the new Stream, existing Microsoft Stream (Classic) embed codes and links will still work, redirecting to the same content in SharePoint or OneDrive. We’ll maintain the redirection logic in Stream (Classic) for up to 1 year after retirement of Stream (Classic).

What new features already exist for new Stream if I start using it now?

The features below are already available for videos uploaded to Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, and other Microsoft 365 applications:

Will I lose any features if I start using the new Stream instead of Microsoft Stream (Classic) right now?

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

These features are offered in Microsoft Stream (Classic) but are not currently available in the new Stream on top of SharePoint and OneDrive:

  • Full playback scale and performance of classic Stream
  • Stream web app to find all videos in new Stream
  • Easily getting an embed code
  • Transcripts, closed captions, and subtitles
  • Adding Microsoft Forms to a video for quizzes and surveys
  • A video player page with description, comments, transcripts, Forms, etc.
  • Ability to change playback speed (0.5x - 2x)
  • A dedicated Stream mobile application
  • A video webpart for SharePoint pages
  • Watchlist
  • Screen recording
  • Channels

If I haven’t yet moved from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream (Classic), do I have to do two migrations?

Yes, you’ll have to migrate from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream (Classic) and then later to the new Stream. See this section of the Office 365 video migration documentation for more details on your options.

See also

More information on the new Microsoft Stream