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Microsoft to Begin Office 365 and Yammer Integration this Summer Onwards

Microsoft is integrating Yammer features in the Office 365–begining later this summer. Microsoft had first shared a roadmap of this integration back in November 2012-today, the company said the move will allow customers to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer app.

“Many customers are worried about confusing their users with two different feeds, and this update will allow them to simply replace the “Newsfeed” link on the Office 365 global navigation bar with a link to Yammer.com,” Microsoft official stated.

“When you click on this Yammer link, Yammer will appear immediately below with the navigation to get back to Office 365 services such as Outlook and Sites. You’ll also see the user experiences of Yammer and Office 365 begin to converge,” the company explains.

Mockup of Yammer and SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 integration

In additiom, Microsoft said it will also “ship a Yammer app in the SharePoint Store, so that end users can easily embed a Yammer group feed into a SharePoint site,” that will deliver the best of both worlds.

The SharePoint newsfeed will continue to be the default social experience in Office 365, but the option to replace it with Yammer will be a valuable first step in the overall integration process. And, “this new, integrated Yammer experience will offer Single Sign-On (SSO) and seamless navigation.”

“The SSO, updated UX, seamless navigation, and Office Web App integration will all deepen the connections between your Yammer network and your on-premises SharePoint deployment.”

Microsoft says, “This new Yammer experience will also offer rich document capabilities, integrating the Office Web Apps to add editing and co-editing of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents.”

Microsoft said the basic intergration will happen this fall, and it’ll add even more Yammer features (combine social, collaboration, email, instant messaging, voice, video, and line of business applications in innovative new ways) into Office 365 every 90 days, going into the year 2014.

As part of the summer update, Microsoft says it will also provide guidance for replacing the SharePoint newsfeed on-premises with Yammer.

And, to customers, who are unsure “What should be use for social? Yammer or the SharePoint newsfeed?”–Microsoft suggests to Go Yammer! stating:

Yammer is our big bet for enterprise social, and we’re committed to making it the underlying social layer for all of our products. It will power the social experiences in SharePoint, Office 365, Dynamics, and more.

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