Yammer empowers people to connect and work across the organization, while groups in Yammer let people to share best practices, develop into communities of interest and ignite new initiatives—and, Office 365 Groups on the other hand provides a single identity for teams. Starting, Yammer Groups is integreating with Office 365 Groups, for readily access shared resources directly from Yammer.
With this integration, now, when a new group in Yammer is created, it’ll automatically be part of Office 365 Groups service — giving “group a OneNote notebook, a Planner for task management, a SharePoint Online team site and document library directly through Yammer.”
Through the integration, Office 365 Groups will also connect with existing non-connected Yammer groups and remaining Office 365 tenants. And, Office 365 Groups, admins will soon be able to use query-based group membership in Yammer based on Azure Active Directory attributes such as role, location and manager—ensuring groups dynamically adding members based on organizational structure.
The full rollout will be phased in, with future changes including integration with Outlook Calendar and enhancements to Yammer integration with SharePoint Online and Planner.
Here’s what you must know of about this integration:
- As initial rollout requirements, only one Yammer network associated with Office 365 tenant and Office 365 identity must be enforced.
- Currently, only new Yammer groups meeting the initial rollout will be Office 365–connected Yammer groups. Microsoft notes, in the bext phase, they’ll convert existing non-connected Yammer groups in the coming months.
- If Office 365 Groups creation is disabled, the groups you create in Yammer willn’t connect to Office 365 Groups.
- Conversations will either reside in a group in Outlook or a connected Yammer group. 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, wrties the Office team.
Microsoft also posted a new Office 365 Developer Podcast, that discuss community efforts with Office 365 Dev: