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M365 Changelog: Stream (Classic) Sets Retirement Date of Feb 15, 2024

Rabia Noureen

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MC496849 – Microsoft will retire Stream (Classic) on February 15, 2024. Certain parts of the service will retire sooner unless you take action. For example, end users will be blocked from uploading new videos on May 15, 2023 and will not be able to access Stream (Classic) at all after October 15, 2023, unless you delay these changes by using the new migration settings in Stream (Classic) admin center.  These new migration settings will become available to you in February. See the timeline in the link below for more details.

Stream (Classic)’s successor service, Stream (on SharePoint), entered general availability in October 2022. Microsoft recommends that you 1) begin using Stream (on SharePoint), 2) direct your users to upload videos SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, and Yammer, and 3) put a plan in place for migration. 

Microsoft has not yet announced a retirement date for Stream live events. In the coming months, the company will announce the retirement date of Stream live events and give you a six-month period to begin using the successor service, Teams live events with external encoder support, currently in public preview.

When this will happen:

The timeline for Stream (Classic) retirement can be found here: https://aka.ms/StreamClassicRetireTimeline

How this affects your organization:

Stream (on SharePoint) brings your users many of the capabilities of Stream (Classic) while allowing them to record and play videos directly in many everyday work and school apps such as Teams, Office.com, Yammer, Viva, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. In addition, Stream (on SharePoint) also enables your and your users to: 

These benefits add up to ease of video management for admins and more productivity for your teams. 

 What you need to do to prepare:

Migrating your content from Stream (Classic):

All your existing Stream (Classic) videos can be transferred to Stream (on SharePoint) to take advantage of Stream’s rich integration within Microsoft 365. To support your move to Stream (on SharePoint) Microsoft has created migration tools that allows you to transfer your videos to SharePoint while also bringing over metadata, links and permissions associated with your videos.

To begin using the migration tool please see our Migration Overview – Stream (Classic) to Stream (on SharePoint)

The migration process involves both moving your content and directing your users to Stream (on SharePoint) which has a different look and feel than Stream (Classic). Microsoft recommends that you begin planning your migration soon.

Note: In 2022, some admins requested to opt out of a change on the upload page for Stream (Classic), which added a button for uploading to Stream (on SharePoint). Beginning on Jan. 18, 2023 all end users in all customer tenants will see the option to upload to Stream (on SharePoint).


Learn more

Below are links to more information about migration and Stream (on SharePoint):

Additional information

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