Direct the App Tile Launcher to the new Stream on SharePoint web app experience in office.com – Via GUI or PowerShell

Written: 04/06/2022 | Updated: N/A

Hope your enjoying the Jubilee bank holiday this weekend! After taking my five year old to a two hour – yes you read that right – two hour pantomime today let’s just say I’m 99% there on the old cognitive load. I’ll be giving the BBC coverage of Party at the Palace a miss. I’ll be giving TV a miss. In fact, I’ll be enjoying silence in the most myriad and profound kind of ways. So in order to unpack I’d thought I do a quick blog. A virtual commute as you will. Into nothingness. In 45 minutes I am going to discuss how an org can direct to the new Stream on SharePoint experience for their users in office.com – which I see has now dropped into Ring 4 in a test tenant. It was only a few weeks ago – maybe a month – where I discussed the new Video Chapters. A few months prior to that I discussed how it was possible to use the URL steam.office.com to get to the new web app experience. The point is with the introduction of the web app and the player I feel we are moving towards a tipping point in the transition from classic to Stream on SharePoint. I feel we are starting to get to the good stuff. So what is this blog in particular addressing? Well Stream in the App Tile Launcher – what you and I know as the Waffle – in office.com continues to direct to classic (https://web.microsoftstream.com) whereas you can now set it in the SharePoint Admin Centre to direct to Stream on SharePoint (https://stream.office.com). As much as users knowing the URL it’s never going to be as memorable as just redirecting via the App launcher. So let’s take a quick look, as there isn’t much to do – rather you just need to know where to switch it. Later on, I am sure it’ll become the default

Let’s go.

This blog will cover

  • Where Stream in office.com directs to today
  • Getting Stream in the App Tile Launcher in office.com to direct to stream.office.com
  • Can we do it in PowerShell?

Prerequisites

  • Global Administrator, or SharePoint Administrator (POLP) Permissions
  • Stream Licence (Within Microsoft 365 Licence) for testing

WHERE STREAM IN OFFICE.COM DIRECTS TO TODAY

1.) Login with administrator credentials to https://login.microsoftonline.com

2.) From the left app rail, or via the waffle (top left) select Stream

3.) https://web.microsoftstream.com is opened in a new tab. This is the classic stream experience, not the new Stream on SharePoint Experience. You may have already migrated your video out of classic Stream and into SharePoint and OneDrive, or be considering a cutover for your users to use the new web app experience at https://stream.office.com prior to doing the migration

GETTING STREAM IN THE APP TILE LAUNCHER IN OFFICE.COM TO DIRECT TO STREAM.OFFICE.COM

1.) Login with administrator credentials to https://login.microsoftonline.com

2.) From the left app rail, or via the waffle (top left) select Admin

3.) In the M365 Admin Centre from the left navigation select Show All and then SharePoint

4.) Select Settings

5.) Select the Stream item

6.) In the flyout select Stream (On SharePoint) and then select Save

7.) Return back to office.com and important – refresh the page – and then from the waffle select Stream again

8.) It’ll now direct to stream.office.com, the new Stream on SharePoint web app

The URL will look a bit different than https://stream.office.com but will get to the same page

CAN WE DO IT IN POWERSHELL?

Well, it doesn’t look to be called out anywhere at this moment in time, however looking in the SharePoint Module in Powershell by running the Get-SPOTenant command, I see there is the new parameter StreamLaunchConfig

From switching in the GUI the values of this parameter are as follows

16 (Automatic)
25 (Stream On SharePoint)
6 (Classic)

So to use PowerShell to redirect the tile app launcher to the new Stream experience we would use

Set-SPOTenant -StreamLaunchConfig "25"

We can read back via a Get-SPOTenant command

This changes it in the SharePoint Admin Centre

And the corresponding tile app launcher

Awesome. Our job here is done. Until next time.

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