Yammer integration with Office 365 Groups now rolling out

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Yammer empowers people to work out loud and connect with others across their organization to share ideas and get things done. In Yammer, groups provide the structure for people to gather in open spaces to share best practices, develop into communities of interest and ignite new initiatives.

Today, we are pleased to announce the integration of Yammer with Office 365 Groups—the group membership service that provides a single identity for teams in Office 365. Now, when you create a new group in Yammer, it will automatically be part of the Office 365 Groups service, giving the group a OneNote notebook, a Planner for task management, a SharePoint Online team site and document library. With the integration, you and the members of your group can readily access these shared resources directly from Yammer.

This integration between Yammer and Office 365 Groups affects customers who have enforced Office 365 identity in their networks, and have only one Yammer network associated with their Office 365 tenant. The full rollout of Office 365 Groups will take place in phases, which will connect Office 365 Groups with existing non-connected Yammer groups and remaining Office 365 tenants. You can also look forward to integration with Outlook Calendar as well as greater enhancements to Yammer integration with SharePoint Online and Planner.

Through Office 365 Groups integration, Office 365 administrators will soon be able to use query-based group membership in Yammer based on Azure Active Directory attributes such as role, location and manager. This will ensure that certain groups based on organizational structure dynamically include the right members.

We are always seeking user feedback and invite you to join us next Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST / 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. GMT for an Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA), hosted by the Microsoft Tech Community. This live online event will give you the opportunity to connect with members of the product and engineering teams who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to feedback. Add the event to your calendar and join us in the Yammer AMA group next week. To keep up with Yammer releases and connect with our product teams on an ongoing basis, please join the Yammer Service Updates External Group.

—Connie Woo, product marketing manager for the Yammer team


Frequently asked questions

Q. How do I know if my tenant is eligible for this new Yammer groups experience?

A. To meet the initial rollout requirements, you must have only one Yammer network associated with your Office 365 tenant and Office 365 identity must be enforced. Please refer to the support article to learn more about configuration requirements in your tenant.

Q. Will my existing Yammer groups be converted to Office 365–connected Yammer groups?

A. Currently, only new groups created in Yammer that meet the initial rollout requirements will be Office 365–connected Yammer groups. In the coming months, we will be working on the next phase of converting existing non-connected Yammer groups.

Q. If I disable Office 365 Groups creation for my tenant, will the groups that I create in Yammer be Office 365–connected?

A. No. If you have disabled Office 365 Groups creation, the groups you create in Yammer will not be connected to Office 365 Groups.

Q. Will a message I post to an Office 365–connected Yammer group also appear in the same group in Outlook?

A. No. The conversations will either reside in a group in Outlook or a connected Yammer group, whichever communication tool your group decided to use at its origin. Messages won’t appear in both. Users who send a message in Outlook to an Office 365–connected Yammer group will receive a “Success” email confirming their message was posted, and any replies to that message will follow standard Yammer notifications for posts via email.

  1. This really is super! Been waiting on this one for a while. The power of what you can create in seconds is quite staggering compared to a few years ago. Very much looking forward to future developments in this space. If Teams eventually comes to Education – there’s a great debate coming about how Classroom, Teams, Yammer, Skype and Email all come together for learning. (Also, hope your compliance/eDiscovery folks are already on the case. 😉 )

  2. Horrible move. Put the messaging/chat tool back. Groups needs to DIE. It is confusing and is turning many people away from O365. No one want this in that it clutters up Outlook and so many other areas. You just pushed me to Slack.

    • We hope you can find the time to join the AMA on Tuesday at 9 am to share your feedback with the team working on the integration of Office 365 Groups in Yammer.

    • Splendid move! Email has been around in its existing form for 20+ years and now its high time to modernize and be more collaborative. And no, I am not a millennial! 😉

  3. As some one who is in the throws of rolling out O365 and what shape that should take, will this yammer integration with groups also be present in Teams? I am very much thinking of using Teams as the window into the O365 plethora of different area and communication channels. How is one drive/OD4B integration with yammer? I dont like the idea of files existing in multiple areas. Does this remove Yammer files? Does creating a Team in Teams also create a yammer channel? will this replace the group chat? There are so many areas for discussion and chat I am finding it hard to see how to offer this in a joined up coherant way to my users. Teams is close (Apart from the apparent inability to recover a deleted group and loss of all associated content PLEASE FIX!!) and I love the organised approach it takes to presenting. Please make it possible to ditch teams chat and replace with a yammer chat.

    • Some quick answers to your questions below. We also hope you can join on Tuesday morning for the AMA!
      – At this time, Yammer groups cannot be activated into Microsoft Teams, nor can a team from Microsoft Teams be activated into a Yammer group. However, you can add a Yammer feed as a connector to a channel in Teams.
      -We announced back in October that One Drive integration now enables better sharing of files. For example, the file picker in Yammer lets you browse and share files from your personal OneDrive. On the flip side, you can share straight to Yammer from OneDrive because every Yammer group exists as an entry in your Global Address List (GAL). When you share from OneDrive, members of the group are automatically granted access to the document so that your files don’t need to exist in multiple areas.
      -This currently does not remove Yammer files.
      -Creating a Team in Teams does not also create a Yammer channel.
      -Office 365 Groups created in Yammer do not replace Office 365 Groups created in Outlook or the conversations that take place in Outlook.

      • … and you would not call it a total mess? File is file, Group is group and Chat is chat – those same terms should be prohibited to carry different meanings. This is one O365 space, not a Star Wars cosmos with plenty of disjointed planets. Please work on the unification of features. I don’t want to have chat in terms of Skype, Yammer, Groups, Teams, ditto for sharing of content, etc.

        I would like to see a big picture, but honestly, I can’t. It feels, like there are several dev teams not talking one to each other and none global architect of the whole O365 solution. I am about to drag secong company into the O365, and yes, I can see its benefits, but its disjointed nature of services makes me crazy …

  4. ” No. The conversations will either reside in a group in Outlook or a connected Yammer group, whichever communication tool your group decided to use at its origin.” – this is exactly the reason, why the idea is a totally horrible move! Yammer should simply die or become really well integrated, so that on the surface, there is simply NO Yammer visible. How many tools do you want to introduce for ppl to collaborate? Yammer and its separate file storage, as well as this group “integration” are exactly a reason, why O365 feels disintegrated. And then you throw Teams into the game to confuse ppl even more, just because you feel the push from Slack?

    • There are no impacts to Yammer embed services.

  5. For companies that have multiple networks (We have one internal and a few external networks) when can we expect to see this rolled out to our tenancy ?

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