Office 365 Update: Microsoft Stream general availability

A few months ago, in MC74630, we announced the preview of a new enterprise video service: Microsoft Stream. Stream will reach general availability this spring and is included in Office 365 subscriptions with Office 365 Video today, including Enterprise, Education, and Kiosk subscriptions.

Stream is a new service that brings the power of intelligent enterprise video into a video hub, and enables knowledge sharing, communication, and connectivity in the secure enterprise environment. Stream is the successor to Office 365 Video; however the two services will co-exist during the transition period.

How does this affect me?

At general availability, Stream will be visible in the Office 365 app launcher, and be on-by-default at the tenant level.

There is no action required for existing Office 365 Video users at this time and there will be no change in Office 365 Video service when Stream reaches general availability. The transition from Office 365 Video to Stream will be a phased approach and we will continue to make improvements, maintain, and support Office 365 Video during this time. During the transition period, Office 365 Video and Stream will co-exist as separate services.

The transition from Office 365 Video to Stream will happen throughout 2017, giving customers time to acclimate to the new service. 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.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

If you are considering enterprise video scenarios, but are not currently using Office 365 Video, we recommend getting started with Stream.

If you want more control on the availability of Stream in your organization, you will be able to manage user access and permissions to Stream through the Office 365 Admin Center or PowerShell starting after May 23, 2017. Additional details for permission management will be communicated in the Office 365 Video Tech Community and Microsoft Stream documentation pages.

If you are currently using Office 365 Video, there is no action for you at this time. We will continue to share updates on the transition plan details in the coming months and encourage you to visit our blog to learn more about Stream.

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