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Yammer Makes Collaboration Easier with Office 365 Integration

Yammer for Office 365 The new functionality is set to roll out on Yammer in the coming months.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.