Live events reach generall availability. Live events in Microsoft 365 enables anyone to create live and on-demand events that deliver compelling communications to employees. Events use video and interactive discussion across Stream, Teams, or Yammer. And the production can be as simple, or as sophisticated as needed, using webcams and screen sharing for informal presentations, or a studio-quality production for more formal events. Up to 10,000 attendees can participate in real-time from anywhere, on any device, or catch up later with powerful AI features that unlock the content of the event recording.
Getting started with live events in Stream
We’ve made a simple step-by-step guide to help you create your first live event! Just open Microsoft Stream and select Create > Live event to get started.
What can I use to connect my live broadcast?
From studio production setups with multiple cameras, microphones, and content sources, to desktop webcam and screen sharing applications, Microsoft Stream will help you deliver events of any type. To connect your cameras, microphones and content sources, Microsoft Stream has an easy setup flow with some of our great partners such as Haivision KB and Makito encoders, Switcher Studio, Wirecast and Wirecast S! Looking for more configuration settings? We allow for manually configuring too from your supported application or device;
Who can create live events?
By default, everyone in your organization with an assigned license plan (listed here) can create a live event – so get started today! If you are a Microsoft Stream administrator, you can make changes to settings and manage who can create events, see active live events, and see upcoming events in your organization. You have control over all live events in Microsoft Stream – so you can start, stop, modify and delete events
Optimizing video delivery within your network
For organizations that want to reduce internet traffic and optimize network bandwidth for live events and popular videos, Microsoft Stream can be enabled to integrate with video delivery providers offering SDN/eCDN solutions. Our partners, Hive, Kollective, and Ramp, can help deliver a more scalable and efficient video distribution across your enterprise network.
Replacing your video after the event
Coming soon, Microsoft Stream will allow you to replace your video after your live event has ended. This allows you to upload an updated version of the event video to remove front and back bumpers typically seen with a live event, or edit and add content that happened during the event. Stay tuned to the blog for more details coming soon!
Live events in Microsoft 365
Seamless integration across Microsoft 365 means that you can use Microsoft Stream, Teams, and Yammer to deliver your message wherever your audience, team, or community resides. Attendees can participate in real time, with high-definition video and interactive discussion, or catch up later with powerful AI features that unlock the content of the event recording.
The following are capabilities of live events:
|Create live events in Microsoft Stream1||Enterprise (E1, E3, E5), Education (A3, A5)|
|Create live events in Microsoft 3651 (Teams and/or Yammer with external encoder)2||Enterprise (E1, E3, E5), Education (A3, A5)|
|Watch live event||Viewers with permissions on the event and a valid Microsoft Stream license|
|Maximum concurrent live events (in pre-live or live)||153|
|Active concurrent viewers||10,0003|
|Maximum length of live event||4 hours|
|Partner network caching support||Hive, Kollective, Ramp|
|Other network caching support||May work but not supported|
|Attendee DVR controls||Pause, playback speed (2x catch up, 1x at live), seek|
|Real-time captions||708 caption pass-through from encoder|
|Automatic speech-to-text and captions||Processed after event|
|Automatic facial detection||Processed after event|
|Interactive discussions||Supported via Yammer when event is created from Yammer|
|Microsoft Stream comments||Available after event|
|On-demand viewing on live event (after event) 4||Automatic transition for live to on-demand for immediate viewing and indexing in Microsoft Stream|
|Downloadable recording||Processed and available after live event by owners|
1 The Microsoft Stream administrator can restrict permissions to create live events
2 You must be a group owner to create a live event in Yammer
3 Number of live events and attendee counts are subject to change and dependent on service availability.
4 Live events are subject to storage usage in Microsoft Stream. The size of the post-live encoded top bitrate, used also as the downloadable recording, is used towards storage quota. Learn more