Skip to main content

Microsoft brings Yammer integration to Office 365 Groups

Microsoft is bringing team collaboration service Yammer and Office 365 Groups closer together with its latest move. In a new blog post (opens in new tab), Microsoft has announced that Yammer is now integrated with Office 365 Groups, meaning that when you create a new group in Yammer, it will now automatically be a part of Office 365 Groups and all that that entails.

From Microsoft:

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.

The integration is just now starting to roll out today, and Microsoft notes that it will take place in phases. It's also worth noting that only newly created Yammer groups will see the integration with this rollout, but Microsoft is working on a way to convert existing groups in the coming months.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

12 Comments
  • Microsoft has not updated yammer in months on windows. The latest 2 updates were because I complained constantly to them as the company I work for who employee over 500,000 people and use Microsoft Lumia's throughout the business and so many things were missing compared to android version. Now I think it's time to bomb them with complaints again. It's the only way to get your voice heard. Bother and bother them.
  • I wish they would finally integrate all of those services into those new groups. I had a sharepoint site for teams.. then a office group for teams and now I have a Microsoft Teams group for teams - why do I need 3 different mailboxes/services now for the same team?
  • ...and you can also create groups in Skype for Business. 🤔
  • Sounds confusing
  • It's the only way things are going to get better just keep integrating the services. Yammer has been a hard sell for my organisation but every time they turn up the integration notch things get better in my opinion. It's kind of an all in approach. On a more negative spin I have seen a few organisations who went all in on the phone eco but most are regretting it because of the poor support or being just plain ignored. It's one thing to buy in to an ecosystem it's quite another to see the alternative get all the support and as the earlier poster said having to badger Microsoft to support it's own products. It's just not cricket sir.
  • We utilise Yammer heavily in our school, it's been really great for our staff and students, this change is especially welcomed as the tighter the integration the more seamless O365 becomes.
  • We utilise Yammer heavily in our school, it's been really great for our staff and students, this change is especially welcomed as the tighter the integration the more seamless O365 becomes.
  • I wonder what MSFT's strategy with Yammer is, given the fact that they just rolled out Teams platform, which could eventually replace this.That may be the reason why Yammer has not received as much TLC since the acquisition? Just guessing.
  • Can anyone tell me the benefit of this over say Microsoft Teams? WHy cant they just marry the lot together and take on Slack with one! 
  • I don't see yammer as a better tool over teams for collaboration our company was about to use yammer then teams dropped and that seems to be a lot better for collaboration. This is how I personally see the functionality for the two services. Teams is great for departmental and project based collaboration. While yammer is a good social media board for the company like a company Facebook.
  • Nice explanation.
  • Sounds obscure.