Office 365 and Yammer integration: What's coming

Microsoft is providing more dates and details about how it is integrating its Yammer enterprise social-networking technology with Office 365.

On March 19, day one of Microsoft's annual Convergence conference, company officials shed more light on how Yammer's enterprise social-networking technology will be integrated into Office 365 and SharePoint in the coming year-plus.

Yammer, Office 365 integration

Microsoft officials originally shared a road map regarding this integration in November. But today, officials provided more dates and more details around the integration of Yammer feeds into SharePoint.

Last fall, Microsoft officials said in the "immediate future" Yammer and SharePoint would be unified via a single ID/sign-on, shared document-management capabilities and feed aggregation. In the longer term, the Softies said, the two would be integrated from an e-mail, IM, and video-conferencing perspective.

Here's what we know now about the updated Yammer integration road map:

  • The ability to replace the SharePoint/Office 365 newsfeed with Yammer is coming this summer. According to Microsoft, some customers have been unsure as to whether they should use Yammer or SharePoint for their news feed. As of today, Microsoft's answer is "go Yammer" if possible, whether using Office 365 and/or SharePoint Online in the cloud or SharePoint on-premises.
  • Microsoft will provide guidance on how to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with the Yammer newsfeed in SharePoint Server on-premises this summer.
  • Single sign-on is coming this fall as part of an Office 365 update.
  • The user experiences of Office 365 and Yammer start to converge this fall. (A fairly blurry mock-up of what this means is embedded in this post above.) This is also when the new Yammer experience will add "rich document capabilities" and integration of the Office Web Apps' editing/coediting of Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents

As of 2014, Microsoft is going to be updating Office 365 with "new social enhancements" every 90 days. Office 365 already is on a quarterly (or more frequent) update schedule. These social enhancements will include integration between social and collaboration/e-mail/IM/voice/video and line-of-business apps

And for those wondering when and whether any Yammer components will ever be hosted on Windows Azure, the answer is "nothing to share today."

This story originally appeared at ZDNet's Between the Lines under the headline "Microsoft Office 365 and Yammer integration: An update on what's coming when."

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    Mary Jo Foley has been a tech journalist for almost 30 years. She is editor of ZDNet's "All About Microsoft" blog. She authored "Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era" and co-hosts the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT Network.

     

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