Yammer groups are now Office 365 Groups

Soon Yammer will integrate with Office 365 Groups. This means that group experiences in Yammer will get access to Office 365 services, such as SharePoint Online, OneNote and Planner.

Yammer and Office 365 Groups

Yammer will soon integrate into the Office 365 Groups service. Once this is available in your network, you can create an Office 365 Group that uses either Outlook email or Yammer to communicate and share information. The groups experience in Yammer now includes access to a SharePoint team site and document library, a OneNote notebook, a plan in Planner and a workspace in PowerBI. Over time, your groups experience will also Include a shared Outlook calendar.

How Yammer's integration with Office 365 Groups will be enabled on you Office 365 tenants

Yammer's integration with Office 365 Groups will take place over time. In 2016, new public and private internal groups created in networks that enforce Office 365 identity will be enabled. When new groups are created in Yammer, they will automatically be able to take advantage of tools like SharePoint, Planner and OneNote. Subsequent phases will automatically migrate existing groups in Yammer and address remaining Office 365 tenants and deliver integration with Outlook calendar and enhancements for SharePoint and Planner.

Office 365 Groups will initially only be available for Yammer networks that are associated with one Office 365 tenant (1:1 tenant networks).

The best place to stay informed of change management is to follow the Yammer updates on the Office 365 Roadmap.

Configuration Requirements to enable Yammer integration with Office 365 Groups in your tenant

If you are interested in having Yammer integration with Office 365 Groups enabled in your Office 365 tenant as early as possible, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  1. The Yammer's integration with Office 365 Groups will be initially available only for 1:1 network configurations. This means you have one Yammer network that is associated with one Office 365 tenant.

  2. You must enforce Office 365 identity for Yammer users.

  3. Once the first two conditions are met, then you can create new groups that will include additional capabilities like a SharePoint Online Team Site and Doc Library. Admins and users will know if a group experience in Yammer is connected with Office 365 Groups when they see the Office 365 Resources section in the right navigation of the group in Yammer as shown in the following figure.

Email and Yammer groups experience

When Office 365 Groups were initially released, group conversations could only  take place in Outlook. Once this integration rolls out, users can choose to have group conversations in Yammer, or in Outlook.

You will still be able to send an email to a  group in Yammer  and it will appear in the group messages. Additionally, the Office 365 connected Yammer group's name will be in the global address list (GAL) of your company. Your company can continue to use groups in Yammer and Groups in Outlook based on which group type better fits the scenario for a team.

Also, just like today, email notifications may be sent to users depending on the preferences that they have set in their Yammer notification settings.


Q: If I have multiple Yammer networks that are mapped to Office 365, will the Office 365 connected Yammer groups work?

A: No. The Office 365 connected Yammer groups experience will work only for Office 365 tenant that is associated with a single Yammer network. See Network migration: Consolidate multiple Yammer networks for information on how to consolidate your Yammer networks.

Q: What kinds of Yammer groups can be Office 365 Groups?

A: To start with, only private-admin and public internal groups will be enabled. If your Yammer group is not eligible to become an Office 365 Group, you will not have an option in the user interface (UI) to convert it into one. External groups are not in scope initially, but will be included in a later wave..

Q: Can I make my Office 365 connected Yammer group private and not list it in Group Directory (secret)?

A: No. That setting is not available for Office 365 connected Yammer groups.

Q: Can I add external users to  Office 365 connected Yammer groups ?

A: No. This will cause a sync failure because external users are not managed by Azure AD.

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

A: To meet the initial roll-out requirements, you must enforce Office 365 login and be in a 1:1 network.

Q: In a new group, I see there are Yammer Files and a SharePoint Online Doc Library, are these the same thing ?

A: No, these are separate locations to store files but the members of the group have access to both locations. Files uploaded to Yammer are stored in Azure today and will remain so for the time being, while retaining all their current permissions and capabilities. With Office 365 connected Yammer groups, users will also be able to upload and store files in their group’s SharePoint document library. We recommend storing content that needs the structure and management capabilities of SharePoint in the group document library. For easy, quick sharing of images and documents, or to stream videos in Yammer, we recommend continuing to use Yammer. Longer term, our plan is to migrate all files stored in Yammer to SharePoint to provide unified file storage.

Q: In a new group, I see there are Yammer Notes and OneNote, are these the same thing ?

A: No. While both Yammer Notes and OneNote are used similarly, they are not pointing to the same information. There is a long-term intention to use OneNote in Office 365 connected Yammer groups. At this time, we recommend you use OneNote instead of Yammer Notes in the new integrated Yammer groups.

Q: How does Office 365 First Release fit into Yammer integration with Office 365 Groups?

A: Yammer uses A/B Testing to inform product decisions which is a process that includes all users in all networks. You cannot opt-in nor opt-out to Yammer A/B Testing. Other Office 365 properties like SPO and Planner employ the Office 365 First Release program which may manage access to new capabilities and changes within that technology. For more information on Office 365 First Release program, see How Office 365 commercial customers can get early access to new Office 2016 features.

Q: Can I create an Office 365 connected Yammer group in the Office 365 admin center?

A: No, this will be added in later waves. However, you will be able to manage members and delete groups from the Office 365 admin center. Metadata updates can also be applied to groups from the admin center.

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

A: No. In that case the groups you create in Yammer will not be Office 365 connected.

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