Microsoft Is Retiring Stream Classic

Microsoft previously announced the retirement of Stream (Classic) in favour of the new Stream (on SharePoint). With the date for retirement soon approaching, below we explore what to do if you are still using Stream (Classic) and why you should use Stream (on SharePoint).

The author of this page: Conall O'Kane
Conall O'Kane, Practice Manager - Modern Workplace Mar 20, 2024

Microsoft Stream (Classic) is an enterprise video service platform for corporate and enterprise users. First introduced in 2016, the platform complemented Microsoft’s SharePoint (which was traditionally used for documents) with a new secure space for corporate video content. However, Microsoft 365 continued to evolve and Stream (on SharePoint) was released prompting Microsoft to announce the retirement of Microsoft Stream (Classic).

While many businesses may already be aware of this, the final deadline is soon approaching. On April 15th 2024 Stream (Classic) will be fully retired and automatically disabled. This means that users and admins will no longer be able to access or use Stream (Classic) and any remaining content stored on the platform that was not migrated will be deleted. If your organisation has valuable content still stored within your Microsoft Stream (Classic) tenant, it will need to be migrated before this deadline.

Why Use The New Stream (on SharePoint)?

Stream (on SharePoint) brings many of the same capabilities of Stream (Classic) while also allowing users to engage with videos within the Microsoft applications they use daily. Stream (Classic) does not have the same native integration capabilities with Microsoft 365 and only offers embedded codes or links. This meant it was isolated from the rest of the Microsoft 365 collaborative experiences and users could not integrate it into normal workflows. Videos on Stream (Classic) were also not managed in the same way as other M365 content and lacked the governance features offered by SharePoint.

The new Stream (on SharePoint) is an integral part of Microsoft 365 and is built on the same storage platform. Stream (on SharePoint) empowers users to record, upload, share, and manage video just like any other form of content, meaning users can get the same experience no matter where they engage with the content. Videos are now stored in Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint just like any company files or presentations. It also provides some familiar functionality like searching, sharing and commenting that is seen across the Microsoft 365 stack.

What To Do If Your Business Is Still Using Stream (Classic)?

If your business is still using Microsoft Stream (Classic), you must begin using Stream (on SharePoint) instead. As noted above after April 15th 2024 the platform will no longer be available to users or admins with any content left on the platform to be deleted on this date too. If your organisation is struggling to migrate content across and needs assistance, please get in touch to speak to one of our Microsoft 365 specialists today.

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