A new vision for Microsoft Stream
Published Sep 22 2020 08:00 AM 52.2K Views

Video is more important than ever in the modern workplace.


Video empowers people to connect authentically, share knowledge, and drive communication, training, and employee engagement. For these reasons and more, video continues to play an increasingly central role for work—transforming communication and collaboration like never before.


At Ignite 2020, we announced a new journey for Microsoft Stream. This journey begins with a vision for Microsoft Stream: to bring intelligent video creation, sharing, and viewing to all parts of Microsoft 365, while empowering users and administrators to manage video just as they would any other file. This vision elevates video as a primary content type in Microsoft 365, building on the rich content management features of SharePoint, and unlocking the intelligence of Microsoft Graph, to deliver long-awaited features including external and anonymous sharing, integration with Microsoft Search, enhanced analytics, and new controls for security and compliance.


Let's dive into what this means for Stream customers in terms of user experience, productivity, video management, and video extensibility:


User experience



A one-stop shop for creating, editing, managing, and discovering videos, the Stream web app helps users seamlessly create, edit, and playback videos. Also, the Stream web app presents users with recommended videos from across their organization, and provides a consolidated list of videos shared by other users. The web app will be part of office.com—like Word, PowerPoint and Excel web apps—and will enable users to discover, share, and manage videos like any Office document.




Improved playback for video in Microsoft 365

The new Stream will bring the same high quality and scalable playback quality that exists in classic Stream today to all video in Microsoft 365. The new Stream will build on the existing familiar playback page by adding and improving features—more accurate transcripts with speaker attribution for meeting recordings, noise suppression, chaptering, and analytics.




This means in the future, users will get the same, high-quality Stream video experience for all videos across Microsoft 365.



Users will be empowered to create video experiences using SharePoint with new, out-of-the box templates for video-rich sites and portals. With wiki-like simplicity, users can create communications that combine video with messaging and other media to tell their story on any page or news post. These custom experiences will render across browsers and devices—SharePoint ensures content is responsive and accessible.




In addition to the Stream app for iOS and Android, improved video capabilities will be coming to  mobile applications across Microsoft 365. Create and upload short videos from your mobile device—securely, without storing corporate video on the device’s camera roll.  And watch videos inline in your notification feeds, chats, and more.





Microsoft Teams meeting recordings
As a first step—rolling out this year—recordings of Teams meetings will be saved in Microsoft 365.  This means meeting recordings will be stored and shared with OneDrive and SharePoint, like any Office file. This enables you to share meeting recordings with people inside and outside your organization like any Office file. The change also unlocks top customer requests including analytics and API-level access to meeting recordings.



Video search
You can find videos in Microsoft 365 using Microsoft Search. Initially, videos can be found using the video’s name and metadata​. Video-specific search experiences such as transcript search and video recommendations will follow as we transition to the new Stream.



Video analytics
Today, file analytics for videos in OneDrive and SharePoint already offer view trends over time as well as audience and usage insight. In the future, we will go deeper with more video-specific analytics that will provide deeper insights into user, device, and content interaction.



Video management


Sharing and permissions
Videos will follow the same sharing and permissions model as any other file in Microsoft 365. Users will have options to share with anyone outside their organization, people inside their organization, or with specific people, based on the sharing policies of the organization.



Admin capabilities
As with end-user sharing and permissions, administrative settings, controls, reports, and other actions that apply to any file, SharePoint admins will retain the ability to act on content in any SharePoint site or any user’s OneDrive for Business.​ ​



We’ll be bringing information governance—like that available to other Office documents—to Stream. All video files inherit information governance features in Microsoft 365. Later this calendar year, Teams meeting recordings saved on the SharePoint files platform can get automatic retention labelling with appropriate licensing.


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We’ll be investing heavily in this space in the future by adding specialized support for governance around meetings and videos in terms of eDiscovery on transcripts, legal hold, sensitivity labels, and more.

Storage management

In most organizations, Teams meeting recordings comprise the bulk of videos stored in Stream. We'll help users better manage storage with automatic retention polices and other features inherent in the new Stream.




Video extensibility


APIs for video
One of the advantages of Stream’s deeper integration with Microsoft 365 is that, with video stored in the service, developers are immediately able to leverage existing APIs in SharePoint and Microsoft Graph to create custom video-centric applications and experiences. This unlocks new value for customers today, and as we build out the new Stream, we’ll create many more APIs for video.




Stream is evolving from a discrete set of experiences restricted to a subset of your organization’s video, to a powerful, integrated experience supporting the pervasive use of video across Microsoft 365. The journey to the new Stream starts today. We will unlock new value for customers in 2020, by elevating video to a first-class content type in Microsoft 365—enabling users to share and manage video like any other file. Customers who want to create future-proof video experiences in Microsoft 365 can start building them today with SharePoint and Graph File APIs.


In the first half of 2021, we will bring to the new Stream the high-quality playback and features that customers enjoy today in classic Stream. The new Stream will be fully integrated in Microsoft 365, and we’ll unveil innovations that leverage AI and Microsoft Graph to power intelligent video experiences.

Along the journey, we will support customers currently using Microsoft Stream (Classic) as we phase in new Stream features with migration tools and guidance. Check out the support documentation, below, for details and follow the Microsoft 365 roadmap to stay on top of changes coming to Stream in the future.



Help docs

The new Microsoft Stream

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

Roadmap and backlog


Ignite 2020 

Post-Ignite 2020 connections

Ongoing connections (Year round)

Senior Member

How does this affect Stream Live Events?

Even a Teams live event set to use external encoder is using the Stream service.



Super Contributor

@OwenpMSFT, I'm not sure I'm liking the new direction for Stream.  Having it all in one place was much better than now moving to OneDrive and SharePoint.  I like external sharing as one option but not enough to move it.  I think when videos were loaded into Teams for a meeting for example they were a little more secure than having it elsewhere.  Don't understand Microsoft's move on this.


@Jeffrey Allen The new Stream still enables - via the web app - a consolidated list of videos shared by other users in one place like Microsoft Stream (Classic) does today. The new direction lets users implement video their way, while at the same time bringing high quality and scalable playback to video across Microsoft 365.

Super Contributor

@SegunBright, thanks for the info.  I did watch the session on this via Ignite but I hope this will work out well for all users and that hopefully this is the last video migration from Microsoft. :smile:

Senior Member

Looks interesting. Will there be the ability to get a public embed code that can be used in other sites, without the need for user authentication to view the content?

New Contributor

Will there be any pre-release or beta versions available for us to try? It is a bit frustrating when Marco says his team really listens to its customers and takes action... Some of these updates were requested back in 2017 i.e. public unauth access to videos. The implementation says June 2021 so a further 9 months to wait now.

Regular Visitor

Is video editing in STREAM non-destructive? I edited a short clip out of a video and it saved the clip but lost the video. Am I doing something wrong?

Occasional Visitor

Are there any details on the mobile app updates? For now the app is really basic compared to the web player features. I don't even see channels or groups and can't follow them.


@almarrob  Video editing in classic Stream is destructive. We're looking at ways to enable lightweight clip creation and sharing in new Stream.


@Matthew-S  Since the New Stream is being built on top of OneDrive and Sharepoint capabilities, you will see the new Stream roadmap items building on top existing video functionality there in the coming quarters.  The first thing you can opt-in to is Teams meeting recording this month. That is when you will have external sharing and governance of Meeting recordings. Early next year we'll have the Stream Web App and Migration tools.


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Regular Visitor

I was considering switching my existing video database completely to Stream but destructive editing is an absolute deal breaker. How can people extract multiple clips from a video if the video is gone after the first clip? It is good to know this so that I will not move forward.

Super Contributor

@OwenpMSFT, will there be a playlists webpart for SharePoint with the new Stream?


@Jeffrey Allen, We're working closely with the lists team on our plans for playlists across M365 and I'll make sure the team hears your request.

Super Contributor

Thanks @OwenpMSFT, we use Stream channels on a couple SharePoint sites now and I had heard in the Ask the Experts session that channels was going away and so hoping that maybe Playlists can replace especially with our training channel in Stream which we have tied into the M365 Learning Pathways SharePoint site.


When sharing to external people, will you be able to prevent download?

Occasional Contributor

@OwenpMSFT can you say something on Live Events support for new Microsoft 365 hosted in Germany? I have customer asking for this. Will the new transition to SharePoint/OneDrive allow now also Live Events in that region? 

Super Contributor

@Damien Calvert, from what I saw on the new Microsoft Stream session at Ignite, all the same permissions for sharing a document will apply to a Stream video and since you can block download on a document, you should be able to with the video, and @OwenpMSFT please feel free to chime in if I'm wrong or to confirm.


@Jeffrey Allen @Damien Calvert Yes, we've heard from customers that block download is critical for video and we are working to enable this soon.


@almarrob non-destructive clip sharing is definitely something we're focused on enabling. Please connect with the team so we can understand what you are looking to enable and see if it fits with where we are headed.


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Senior Member

Just took the time to check the Ignite videos.


I had a question come up. If videos are stored in the OneDrive of the user who presses the record button then is there a way to move content to another users OneDrive?

We have few users making sure the record button is pressed and this will hog their capacity.

And related to the what what happens to the recordings when user leaves?


@OwenpMSFT looking good. Only thing, when are swedish going to be available for transcripts?

Frequent Contributor

Similar to @Harri-H, we're concerned about the meeting recordings going to OneDrive.  We've already had instances where a random person presses "record".  In old stream, the meeting host is still an owner of the video and can get in and make changes.  @OwenpMSFT - If the video will now go to the recorder's OneDrive does this mean the meeting host won't have access to make changes to the video?  Shouldn't the meeting host have ownership to be able to determine who has access to the recording regardless of who pressed "record?"


An option to transfer the meeting recordings to another person's OneDrive would be one solution.      

Occasional Contributor

This seems great, but do you know when is this going to be released (I have seen the feature release trend for the classic stream and it is not great :) )? Our customers are excited to go to stream but seems like new stream is going to fulfill all the criteria that is required for their security and compliance. 


Also, any idea on the quota? Is new Stream going to have additional quota after it is migrated to SPO/ OND or it will just respect the SharePoint quota?/

Senior Member

Just happened to find information regarding this so I thought to post it here also.


@Eric Hepinstall 

There is a lot of useful information about the functionality in here.
It seems that channel meetings are the way to go to make sure that the recording lands in to the correct place. If the meeting is a channel meeting the recording will go to sharepoint regardless of who presses the button.



There is information regarding the timeline here.

Your quota question is answered here.

Occasional Contributor

@Harri-H Looks like it will respect Sharepoint/ Onedrive Quota... which is reasonable. :)

Frequent Contributor

First it was document libraries, then O365 Video, then Stream and now this? Video isn't new or rocket science so it's hard to understand why Msft has never been able to come up with a consistent, reliable approach like so many other platforms have. And now once again, the cost of confusing and needless change is passed onto paying customers....same old story.

Are there some more information about the "Content Type". 

I remember this slide - but there is actually nothing like this in SharePoint? 

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