Teams and Stream living the Dream!

Microsoft Teams has always had quite a good relationship with Microsoft Stream in terms of close working. From what I've seen whilst conducting Teams training lately, as there are more and more ways to start surfacing your Streams into Teams (this isn't going to get old quickly is??).

If you're not familiar with Stream, it is effectively your organisations equivalent of YouTube, allowing you to host and play video files in an environment that is secure and under the governance umbrella of Office 365. Therefore, when your CEO gives their Christmas address, it no longer needs to be pushed out into the public domain, it can be securely stored within Microsoft Stream.

In this blog, I'm not going to be getting all excited about the auto transcription and close captions which are automatically generated, I'm going to look at how Microsoft Teams is starting to work more closely with the video platform.


When we hold a meeting within Microsoft Teams, we have the ability to record the meeting. The recording will record screen shares, video and audio by clicking on the More actions menu (...) and then selecting Record.
Recording will capture any audio, video and sharing which takes place within Microsoft Teams and record it all into a single video file. Make sure that you take note of the privacy statement which appears, where you need to inform everyone that they're being recorded. This is also displayed to all participants in the call which gives you the tick in the box that you need for privacy rules.

Once recording stops and the meeting ends, the recording will be taken and will be encoded so that it can be watched back using Microsoft Stream.
The nice thing is that, if the meeting is associated with a team, it will automatically be placed into the conversation view of the channel where it can be easily reviewed and commented on by the team members.


As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, tabs are a great way of being able to surface content to the members of your team quickly and easily. Stream is one of the tabs which can help to bring key video content to your team members, whether that is a briefing or if it is the last meeting that was recorded.
In Teams tabs, the experience of selecting the video is quite nice, where I don't have to worry about URLs or IDs of the videos, I have the ability to select a specific channel, or search for a video from within the tab configuration.
 Once it's in a tab, it's so easy for my team members to view the video.


One thing which I have noticed, only recently, is that there is now an additional icon available to me when I'm taking part in chats or conversations. A Stream icon is now available to help me share Streams within a chat.
The difference with this method of sharing a Stream is that, currently, you need to provide a link to the stream which I wish to share. But once I've done that, the stream appears as an object within the chat box, so I can provide some commentary and then share it.
I personally think that there is still some work to do here as there is no rich preview of the stream, or any details on the video pulled back from Stream itself. All it does is share a direct link to the Stream page from where my team members can watch the video.


Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Stream work well together, and I love it when things work in this way.

The meetings being recorded from Teams and then stored in Stream is a really nice pairing, especially with the higher end Enterprise licenses where it will create transcripts of the meetings.

Adding a Stream as a tab is extremely easy for the end users as the tab configuration allows to add a channel or search for a specific video. This is then available easily for all of the users of that particular channel.

Newly added to Teams is the ability to share a Stream from within a conversation. At the moment it feels like this is only half implemented as I need to provide a link to the Stream, which then gets shared as an object. It doesn't yet have a rich preview of the video it just provides a link.

So for the most part Stream and Teams work really well together, it just needs a little polish on the newer parts.

I hope this blog was useful, and as always I welcome your feedback.