Differences Between Classic Stream and Stream on SharePoint


Microsoft has announced a new vision for Microsoft Stream that empowers users to create, share, discover, and manage video just as they would any other file in Office 365. This new vision comes with a few changes that, in the end, will improve the overall user experience when it comes to video. 

The table below shows the difference between Classic and New Stream. This list is likely to change frequently; OIT will update this page as more information becomes available. Check the bottom of the article to see the last updated date.

Stream (Classic) vs Stream (on SharePoint) 

Features Stream (Classic) Stream (on SharePoint) 
  • Video recordings are automatically uploaded to Stream (Classic).
  • Pre-August 2021, videos were automatically uploaded to Stream (Classic)
  • Video Recordings are automatically uploaded to the organizer's OneDrive/SharePoint.
  • Students will have access to the videos via Teams or SharePoint. Students will only have view access.
  • If the professor wants the video stored on Stream (Classic) instead, they will have to upload it manually.
  • Videos can be organized into stream channels or associated with groups.
  • Videos recorded in a Teams Channel meeting will be stored in the Files tab of the Team. Additionally, users can view the video in the Video tab of the team
  • If desired, videos recorded outside a Team can be copied into a Team’s files tab.
Web App
  • The web application can be found at https://web.microsoftstream.com.
  • Only videos that you have uploaded and videos that have been shared with you will be visible on the main dashboard, along with some publicly shared videos.
  • You do have the ability to slow down or speed up a video.
  • Captions and Transcripts will be available. Videos created outside of teams and uploaded to the web app will also have captions generated.
  • The web application can be found at - https://stream.office.com/.
  • You can log into the web app and view all the public videos on the Stream platform.
  • Video uploaded will automatically have captions and a transcript. 
  • You can generate captions if the video does not have captions embedded in it.
  • Video playback speed is available.
  • All videos in Stream (Classic) have captions generated by default. The video owner can also edit them.
  • Videos in Stream (on SharePoint) generated from Teams Meetings with transcription ON will have captions in Stream.
  • You can generate captions if the video does not have captions embedded in it.
  • Caption are also generated generation for videos uploaded by users. Users can also edit captions on this platform now.
External Users
  • This feature is not available in Stream (Classic).
  • Videos can be shared with external users or the public using “Anyone with the link” sharing.
Other Features
  • The other Stream (Classic) features include embedded forms and embedded code for the videos. 
  • The embedded code feature is available on this platform but the embedded forms feature is not yet available


Article ID: 490
Mon 11/22/21 12:58 PM
Thu 11/17/22 9:48 AM

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Microsoft Stream is an Enterprise Video service where people in your organization can upload, view, and share videos securely. You can share recordings of classes, meetings, presentations, training sessions, or other videos that aid your team's collaboration.