Yammer – Microsoft's work-focused social network – is getting integrated with Office 365 Groups. The new system combines Yammer's team-building functionality with Office 365's group email inbox, group calendars, shared libraries and more.
The new functionality is set to roll out on Yammer in the coming months. In the meantime, here are five new features to look forward to.
Create and share content
For starters, Office Online and SharePoint will both now be accessible right within Yammer. That means that you can create and collaborate on documents without ever leaving your team's Yammer page. You'll also be able to share files using new OneDrive and SharePoint file pickers.
Group note taking
Yammer groups will have easy access to shared notebooks in OneNote, Microsoft's note taking app. That will make it easy to distribute notes among team members, collaborate and keep meeting minutes, among other possibilities.
Your team will also be able to access Microsoft Planner directly through Yammer, which can help simplify long-term planning. The Planner app lets you create new plans, assign tasks and track progress of individual goals with a few clicks, and its highly visual interface makes it easy to see where you stand at a glance.
Another new feature will make it possible to share content to your team's Yammer group by email. When an email arrives in your inbox that you think would benefit the group, you can send it directly to Yammer by typing in the name of your group in the recipient line of your email draft. The fact that Office 365 auto-completes email addresses makes the process easier.
Simple group management
You'll be able to tweak many aspects of your Yammer group from directly within Office 365. That includes your group name, description, profile picture and public/private sharing settings. Plus, when you add or remove group members in Office 365 those changes will be reflected on Yammer, and vice versa.