Get ready for Yammer!

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Editor’s note 6/2/2016:
Post was updated to reflect that SharePoint replaced OneDrive.

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we are activating Yammer for every eligible Office 365 tenant—new and existing—without requiring additional action on the part of admins. This allows all Office 365 customers to gain the full benefits of Yammer. It also marks the culmination of our foundational efforts—including moving Yammer into Microsoft managed datacenters and undertaking identity work with Azure Active Directory—to bring Yammer fully into Office 365.

Seamless availability in Office 365

With this groundwork laid, we’re poised to provide a new set of high-value user and admin scenarios. Every Office 365 user with a Yammer license will be able to easily access Yammer from the Office 365 app launcher or start a Yammer conversation from SharePoint, Office 365 Video Portal and, coming soon, Delve and Skype Broadcast. This enables you and your co-workers to share ideas and work together in the open using Yammer’s flexible workspaces.

Making Yammer available in Office 365 is key to unlocking new experiences for users that span their productivity apps. As a case in point, Yammer will hook into the Office 365 Groups service in the first half of 2016 to deliver powerful cross-suite scenarios that let you escalate your Yammer conversation into a Skype call, schedule a meeting using Outlook calendar, access your files in SharePoint, create tasks in Planner and more, all from your Yammer group.

Covered by the Office 365 Trust Center

Organizations benefit from the industry-leading control, security and privacy commitments of Office 365 when using Yammer—enabling collaboration to take place against a backdrop of trust. Yammer is now covered by the Office 365 Trust Center, which offers the protection of international and regional standards such as the Office 365 Data Processing Agreement with European Union Model Clauses (DPA with EUMC), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Office 365 Business Associate Agreement (HIPAA BAA), ISO 27001, ISO 27018, compliance with Section 508 for web accessibility and SSAE 16 SOC 2 report.

We’re also delivering a simpler, more powerful admin experience with the ability to manage key aspects of Yammer from Office 365, including identity, user and license management. Moving forward, we’ll continue to work closely with regulatory bodies to track evolving standards and requirements and offer you controls that help you meet these requirements when you use Yammer and Office 365.

More innovation ahead

Even as we celebrate activating Yammer for millions of new users, we remain focused on finding new ways to drive collaboration forward. Bringing Yammer together with the Office 365 platform puts us in a unique position to help people harness the power of their network through the productivity apps they rely on every day. We invite you to join us on this journey by working in Yammer today.

—Kirk Koenigsbauer

Frequently asked Questions

Q. When will Yammer roll out to my Office 365 tenant?

A. Yammer will roll out to all existing Office 365 tenants in three waves, with each taking place over several weeks.

  • Wave 1 starts today and includes Office 365 customers with a business subscription who purchased fewer than 150 licenses that includes Yammer and who have zero or one custom domains for Yammer.
  • Wave 2 starts on March 1, 2016 and includes Office 365 customers with a business subscription who purchased fewer than 5,000 licenses that includes Yammer. This does not include customers with an education subscription.
  • Wave 3 starts on April 1, 2016 and includes all remaining customers with a business subscription and all customers with an education subscription.

Also, starting February 1, 2016, Yammer will be seamlessly activated on any newly created Office 365 tenant with a subscription.

Q. What can I expect to see when Yammer rolls out to my Office 365 tenant?

A. Once Yammer rolls out to your Office 365 tenant, the following changes will occur:

  • Depending on whether your tenant already has a Yammer network, this change will either create a new Yammer network or connect to an existing Yammer network that has all or a subset of domains managed on the Office 365 tenant.
  • Users with a license that includes Yammer can start accessing Yammer from Office 365 via the Yammer tile in the Office 365 app launcher or start a Yammer conversation from other Office 365 apps.
  • Existing Yammer users, who are also Office 365 users, can start signing in with their Office 365 credentials, unifying their sign-in experiences. Existing Yammer users who do not have Office 365 credentials will continue to sign in with their email and password; their experience is not disrupted.
  • Admins can manage key aspects of the Yammer service from Office 365, including identity, user and license management.

Q. What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

A. If you want everyone in your organization to be able to access Yammer from Office 365, ensure that Office 365 user accounts are created for them and Yammer licenses assigned to them. If you are not ready to fully adopt Yammer in your organization, you can un-assign Yammer licenses for those who should not access Yammer from Office 365.

Whether you’re an Office 365 admin, Yammer community manager or just want to use Yammer in your team, we compiled some great resources for you to get started with Yammer and Office 365. Check out Yammer integration with Office 365 to learn more about Yammer—including resources to help drive and manage a successful adoption of Yammer in your organization.

Q. Will there be any changes to my current Yammer experience?

A. As Yammer integrates more deeply with Office 365, it will leverage Skype for Business for real-time capabilities. As such, we are announcing the following deprecations:

  • The Yammer Now mobile app will be deprecated on March 4, 2016.
  • Online Now will remove real-time messaging in favor of direct messaging in the next several months.
  1. Just to verify . . . to keep Yammer from getting to my users I just have to make sure that a Yammer license isn’t assigned to them?

      • I’d like to know if I can skype with my Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL Contacts from any of the following Office Applications:

        Word Online
        Excel Online
        PowerPoint Online
        OneNote Online.

        The reason I am asking is because my school is starting to demand for more collaborative projects, and none of my classmates are interested in signing up for Windows Live. But thank god they can still collaborate using Office Online without a Windows Live ID when I send attachments from my OneDrive 😀

  2. I don’t know what you guys are planning but the ambiguity is really making it hard to do my job.

  3. So what does this mean for those of us that still have non-integrated freemium versions of Yammer? Are we automatically cut over? What about our data in the freemium version? etc?

    • David, if you are using a freemium version of Yammer with, and have a Office 365 tenant which also has as a verified domain – we will automatically activate the Yammer network and upgrade it to Enterprise, and the data in the network will be in tact. In fact, you can do this today manually through ‘Yammer Enterprise Activation’ As Yammer reaches industry standard compliance milestones, we are seamlessly performing the activation for you.

      • Pradeep,

        we have more then one freemium versions of Yammer where the domains being used are all verified in one Office 365 environment. What will happen with the data in these Yammer networks?

        • Hi Wim, for more complex scenarios like the one you mention, where an Office 365 tenant includes multiple domains that are currently existing in multiple Yammer networks, we will connect the environment to all the networks. No network or content will be loss and access will continue to be available as it is today. This multi network support will be enabled soon, and customers in that state won’t be activated until this is available.

          That being said, we recommend considering migrating into a one Office 365 tenant connected to one Yammer Network. There are future Office 365 integration scenarios we are working on where the separation of multiple networks make it impossible to enable them in such networks. Migrations can be manually performed using the self service migration tools (more info here:

          We will also have documentation about this one Office 365 tenant to multiple networks available with more details about what is supported and what will not, soon.

      • How about for those who has no custom domain? They also get Enterprise Yammer Networks or they only get freemium Yammer network?

  4. Will direct messaging using SfB work with hosted or on-premise Skype for Business server?

    Anything in the pipeline to integrate Yammer gross the other way around and include them in the Skype for Business client, similar to persistent chat in consumer Skype?

  5. What happen for yammer users who do not use office 365 at all and have no plan to use it in in the future?

  6. Thanks for these good news. Representing a company larger than 5.000 users based in Europe, will we be getting the service in Wave 3 and will that include that our service would be placed in Europe Datacenters, i.e. Ireland? Is it possible to get information exactly when our tenant would be updated?
    Kind Regards // Magnus Holmér

    • Hi Magnus, Moving Yammer into EU data centers is something our team is looking into, but not happening in the short term. That being said, Yammer has the following compliance commitments:
      * ISO 27001
      * ISO 27018
      * EU Model Clauses (EUMC)
      * HIPAA Business Associate Agreement
      * SSAE 16 SOC 1 & SOC 2 Reports

      This is list is “Category C” in the Office 365 Compliance Framework. Document with details on these categories is found here: Note that this document will be updated to reflect Yammer’s new status over the next few days.

      Details on specific date or times on when tenants are getting activated are not available, so best to plan for the start of the Wave your tenant fits into.

  7. What is the latest on Yammer integration with SharePoint 2013 on-premises?
    Please share the document/link on the same.

    • Hi Noman, there is no changes happening on that front with this announcement.

  8. Hi, when you said “we are activating Yammer for every eligible Office 365 tenant”, does it means that Yammer will replace SharePoint Newsfeed as the only option for social conversation ?

    • Hi Jean-Robert, there is no change in this front with this announcement: Newsfeed can be disabled or enabled independently from Yammer. No replacement or change happening there.

  9. Does that mean that Yammer is available from data centers in the EU or EEA?

    • Hi Adrian, as mentioned above in a comment response, Moving Yammer into EU data centers is something our team is looking into, but not happening in the short term. That being said, Yammer has the following compliance commitments:
      * ISO 27001
      * ISO 27018
      * EU Model Clauses (EUMC)
      * HIPAA Business Associate Agreement
      * SSAE 16 SOC 1 & SOC 2 Reports

      This is list is “Category C” in the Office 365 Compliance Framework. Document with details on these categories is found here: Note that this document will be updated to reflect Yammer’s new status over the next few days.

  10. Please directly verify, that if all users in our tenant are not licensed for Yammer, they will be after this particular update? Do we get a choice?

    • Hi Rob, if you remove Yammer licenses from all users in your tenant, no experience change will happen for them when activation happens. No changes to existing license states for users are happening with this change: those will be respected.

  11. Will there become an updated Team Site template which will include a Yammer feed bound to a Yammer group instead of the SharePoint newsfeed?

    • Hi Harold, we are not making any updates into team site templates at this point.

  12. So what does this means for K1 users: “The Yammer Now mobile app will be deprecated on March 4, 2016”. Will they be unable to use the mobile chat feature?

  13. It’s good to see that Yammer is getting more integrated into O365 which is what everyone wants, *but* I would encourage everyone preparing the comms to try to make the messaging clearer as having to scroll through 16 pages of blog announcement (on my Phone) to try work out what the real changes are to our customers make it more like reading a T&C agreement for a new software package (which no one reads) rather than estalishing the 3 key points that we as IT pros need to take away from the announcement. I know the effort is going into the transformation, but please don’t make announcements feel like they are written by the legal department.

  14. Very nice news!

    Regarding the Yammer inbox:
    Can this be disabled? or / and have all these messages appear in the Exchange mailbox of the user?
    It is confusing for users when they have to manage multiple mailboxes. This second mailbox also increases the clutter across a tenant.

    Most of the messages in the Inbox could be created as Yammer notifications.
    Direct chat could indeed be Skype for Business OR the chat client that’s being integrated in Outlook on the web (web version of Skype for Business).

    • Thanks for the feedback about the Yammer inbox. We are making several changes to the product as we focus on team collaboration scenarios, stay tuned for more information.

  15. Considering everyone seems to be talking about Slack or Spark, this could not come soon enough. Microsoft needs to offer greater visibility into the vision and roadmap of Yammer if it is to stay relevant!

  16. Will there be an App Part added to SharePoint to natively use Yammer as opposed to having to get the one on the SharePoint store that takes more time to load?

  17. We have a Yammer enterprise network with several external networks that we use with lots of external users that do not have an o365 license, are there any changes for external networks as part of the o365 integration?

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