Teams will soon support streaming to platforms like YouTube and Twitch

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Microsoft Teams will soon have an easy way to stream content to other platforms, including YouTube and Twitch. The communication app will soon support Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), which is an open standard that makes connecting to streaming applications easier. Support for RTMP could arrive as early as next month, but that date is subject to change.

Working with RTMP “Enables support for your users to stream their Teams meetings to large audiences through RTMP, including endpoints outside your organization,” according to the Microsoft 365 roadmap.

The roadmap lists the feature as “In development” and states that it could be released in July 2021, but dates on the roadmap are always subject to change.

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You can already use third-party applications like OBS to get content from Teams onto a broadcast on another platform, but it’s not an elegant solution. Support for RTMP should make it much easier to create a YouTube or Twitch broadcast from Teams.

If you host a podcast or just want to broadcast content from Microsoft Teams to a large audience on another platform, RTMP support will be a welcome addition to the app.

Zoom and Webex already work with RTMP, so Teams will catch up a bit when it rolls out support for the protocol.

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