Microsoft Retiring Stream (Classic): Here's what to do.

August 10, 2023 | Posted in:

Announcements, IT Solutions & Support

Microsoft is officially retiring Stream (Classic) in April 2024 and replacing it with Stream (on SharePoint). Companies should begin migrating important content out of Stream (Classic) now, as Microsoft warns any content remaining in Stream (Classic) after its retirement date will be deleted. 

Originally launched as a "single video portal," Stream (Classic) operated independently from the collaborative capabilities of Microsoft 365. Video files were stored on the retiring microsoftstream.com service and only connected to Microsoft 365 through embed codes and links. To enhance the user experience and create a more seamless platform, Microsoft introduced Stream (on SharePoint), an advanced enterprise video solution fully integrated within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

m365-logos-color-circleBy seamlessly integrating Stream into SharePoint, Microsoft 365 users will now have a more cohesive collaboration experience across multiple M365 apps without the need to switch platforms. This integration of Stream brings the benefit of applying your organization's governance and compliance policies from Microsoft 365 to videos within Stream (on SharePoint).

Organizations currently using the classic version of Stream are strongly encouraged to migrate existing videos to Microsoft's SharePoint-based Stream. Microsoft will not automatically migrate your content from Stream (Classic) to Stream (on SharePoint). Videos that have not been migrated will be deleted when Stream (Classic) officially retires. Here is the retirement timeline: (*GCC timeline)

    • August 15, 2023: No new Stream (Classic) web part can be added.
    • September 15, 2023: No new videos can be uploaded to Stream (Classic) for any customers.
      - New Stream webpart GA. Users can configure a video or group of videos from a folder on a SharePoint page using the new web part.
      - No new Stream live events can be created, any Stream live event scheduled after September 15, 2023, will be automatically removed.
    • October 15, 2023: (Admin can delay until 4/15/2024)
      Users will no longer be able to access or use Stream (Classic).
    • April 15, 2024: Stream (Classic) is fully retired & automatically disabled
      - Users & admins no longer able to access or use Stream (Classic).
      - Any remaining content in Stream (Classic) that wasn't migrated will be deleted.
    • February 15, 2025: Stream (Classic) links and embed codes will no longer redirect to the migrated videos in OneDrive and SharePoint.

Start your migration now

If you are a client of Systems Engineering and have current videos in Stream (Classic) that require migration to Stream (on SharePoint), please reach out to your account manager to coordinate the move. 

If you are interested in discovering what value the addition of these apps could bring to your business operations or would like more information about Microsoft 365 subscriptions, connect with us at 888.624.6737, or email us at info@systemsengineering.com.  Clients, please reach out to your account manager.