Get ready for Yammer!

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.