On the surface, Panopto and Microsoft Stream appear to be very similar solutions for recording, managing and sharing your organization’s videos. There are, however, a number of fundamental differences that may impact your ability to scale and deliver live and on-demand video. If you’re considering an alternative to Microsoft Stream, Panopto offers a more complete feature set that can better support any organization’s unique video communication needs.

Explore How Microsoft Stream Compares to Panopto


Panopto’s video management solution has broader capabilities and a lower total cost of ownership compared to Microsoft Stream.


Bundling Stream with Office 365 Doesn’t Provide the Benefits You’d Expect

Microsoft Stream, even when bundled with Office 365, lacks many of the productivity benefits that video offers for collaboration and communication. It does not include the features, capabilities, and third party integrations organizations need to make video easy and manageable.

Stream, for example, cannot be integrated with solutions outside of the Microsoft platform, including essential Learning Management Solutions (LMSs) such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Cornerstone, Saba, Bridge, and Brightspace that many organizations use to track viewing completion. It does not support integration with mission-critical enterprise solutions such as Salesforce, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Slack.

The reality is that Stream is primarily intended as a video playback experience for Microsoft Teams users, not a solution for video creators, content managers, or administrators.

Furthermore, because Stream is included with Office 365, several organizations consider it to be “Free.” But is it?


Stream’s High Total Cost of Ownership

When comparing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Panopto vs. Stream, many discover Panopto is substantially more affordable because Microsoft Stream has hidden storage, productivity, administration, and support costs that are especially high for large organizations. Additional storage, productivity, administration, and support costs of Stream can be more than $350,000/year for an organization with over 10,000 employees. Administration can be costly given the heavy dependency on the Office 365 tenant administrator to change Stream settings or permissions.

Panopto Offers More for Your Money

The comparison table below summarizes the feature differences between Panopto and Microsoft Stream. In addition to third party support and total cost of ownership, there are significant differences in capabilities:

  • Recording and video input sources
  • Editing
  • Data & analytics
  • Search
  • Departmental vs. IT administration flexibility & ease-of-use
  • Deployment limitations
  • Licensing
  • Content management
  • Webcasting

Compare Microsoft Stream and Panopto



Microsoft Stream

Video Creation, Editing & Tracking

Record from PCs
Record from Macs
Record from mobile devices
Basic webcam and screen recording
One-click recording from a website with no plug-ins to install, software to download, or sign-in required
Multi-source recording
Distributed recording
Upload existing video and audio files
Non-destructive video editing
Full-featured video editor
Edit videos in any web browser
Auto-upload recordings
Share videos with anyone
Video viewing and engagement analytics
SCORM support
Automatic framing when recording
Review and approve videos prior to publishing

Viewer Experience

Create interactive video quizzes inside videos
Manage videos in a YouTube-like portal
Watch videos on any device
Search videos for any word spoken or shown in the video
Engage in discussions with other video viewers
Add comments with other video viewers
Auto-generated table of contents for skimming through video contents or jumping ahead
Variable speed playback

Administration & Third Party Integration

Single sign-on with any user identity provider
Single sign-on with Office 365
Integrates with your learning management system (LMS)
Integrates with your content management system (CMS)
Record and webcast online meetings from Zoom, Skype for Business, GoToMeeting, and BlueJeans
Integrates with your customer relationship management solution(CRM)
Conveniently share videos with all members of your organization
Conveniently share videos with all members of your team or department
Add human-generated captions for ADA accessibility compliance
Customize your video portal with your logo and brand identity
Departmental workspace for managing your team's videos
Works with your existing video capture appliances and live encoders
Departmental access control for users and groups
Centralized IT access control for users and groups
Centralized IT access control by Office 365 admin only, for users and groups
Extend the video platform with developer APIs
Custom implementation and security consultation
On-premises deployment option

Total Cost of Ownership & Support

New customer onboarding and training
Adequate video storage included with license
Specialized product support for your video management solution only
Product support for video management solution bundled with Office 365

Streaming, Webcasting & Scheduling

One-click live streaming in application
One-click live streaming from PCs, Macs, or mobile devices
Streaming enabled by Office 365 IT Tenant Admin and Live Events Admins only
Video streaming host included in license
Video streaming viewers included in license
Pause and rewind live webcasts
Schedule and remotely control your recordings and live events