What’s new for Yammer in April 2021

Published Apr 08 2021 01:45 PM 14.4K Views
Microsoft

The seasons are changing and we have a lot of news to share! This blog will cover what we’ve recently shipped and what’s coming in the next few weeks. You can also find recent updates for Yammer from Microsoft Ignite in this session on-demand.


New Yammer as default experience

The new Yammer is generally available, and starting next week, all users on web will default to the new Yammer experience. Check out our new Yammer resources for tips and a guide what’s changed. But don’t worry, users will still be able to use the slider to toggle back to the Yammer classic experience.

 

 

New design for Yammer Discovery and Digest emails

We're updating the design and making content enhancements to the Discovery and Digest emails in Yammer to align with the new Yammer styling and UX. But this update is more than just a new design, it also turns these digests into interactive emails in Outlook so you can react and respond to the conversation directly from the email. Coming soon. 

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Essential Announcements

This feature allows Yammer community admins to achieve a guaranteed distribution of important community announcements via email for all members of that community, even if its outside of their preferred notification settings. 

 

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SharePoint News in the Yammer Home Feed

Spark conversations and share company news directly from SharePoint to the Yammer home feed. This is now available on iOS and Android mobile experiences and coming soon to the web.

 

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New Yammer Desktop Experience (PWA)

You can now install the web version of Yammer as a progressive web app (PWA) in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. After you install the web version of Yammer as a progressive web app, it will work like any stand-alone desktop experience. You can pin and launch the app from your computer’s home screen or task bar, and you can opt in to receive notifications for relevant announcements and messages from Yammer.

 

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Suggested Communities

This new section on the right rail of the Yammer homepage will suggest relevant communities for people discover and join. This is rolling out now.

 

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New Yammer Insights now available

Improve your live events viewership. Monitor attendance, measure engagement, and recognize trends.

 

Conversation insights - See which conversations perform best. New insights into impressions, total views, click-through rate, and a breakdown of reactions.

 

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Live event insights – Improve your live events viewership. Monitor attendance, which segments had the greatest viewership, and see where those views are coming from, all geared to help you optimize your current and future events. Learn more on our announcement blog.

 

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New Embed widget options

Allowing you to easily create and customize embeddable Yammer feeds to place on your own sites.

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This is coming soon to preview. We are now collecting sign-ups for interest, sign up here.

 

Azure B2B Guest Access GA

External collaboration is a key ingredient for the success of any organization. Yammer guests allow you to call in experts, such as consultants or vendors, from outside your organization. Users can invite guests to a community and quickly start a rich conversation by sharing access to community resources like files while ensuring that privacy, access, governance and compliance policies remain intact. Now, Guest Access with Azure B2B is generally available.

 

-	Communities with external members are denoted by a globe icon.- Communities with external members are denoted by a globe icon.

Cross-geo external collaboration for External Networks for the EU

With this release, guests from Yammer networks associated located in the European Union can be invited to Yammer External Networks hosted by a Yammer network located in the United States.


Retention policies in Yammer

This update enables organizations to apply retention policies on Yammer messages.

 

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Additional updates

Here are a few other changes planned that you’ll be seeing in your Yammer network soon:

  • New file views: Browse community files stored in SharePoint with SharePoint library structure and capabilities. You’ll also get the ability to browse files in your document library while in native mode.
  • Collapse pinned posts: Pinned conversations now collapse automatically after a user has viewed them.
  • Updated community settings: There are new community settings on web for communities and All Company community.

See what else Yammer has planned on our public roadmap and keep an eye on this blog for more news, updates, and best practices relating to Yammer and communities in Microsoft 365.


- Mike Holste
Michael Holste is a senior product marketing manager for Yammer + Employee Engagement

6 Comments
Frequent Contributor

Mighty fine momentum, @Michael Holste:stareyes: Looking forward to designating a few communities as official in the near future.

Contributor

I think Yammer is great and all these enhancements look fabulous. Unfortunately, as the data is not stored in my local geo (Australia), my organisation is not permitted to use it.

Can the team prioritise developing capability to have Yammer conversation data stored in local geo.

New Contributor

Thanks for the update ! @Michael Holste does the new Yammer enable yet external network creation or is it coming soon on the roadmap ? 

Occasional Visitor

Hi Michael 

 

I love Yammer — love it. But I can’t use it as my communities of interest platform until you can switch between tenancies on the mobile app (and desktop experience — but especially mobile).

 

I work for a charity that connects the UK fire and rescue sector. Many fire services use Yammer, and it’s not tenable to ask chief officers and others to sign out and sign in (especially with MFA) every time they want to post a comment and/or check their messages. 

 

Is this functionality anticipated…?

 

Thanks!

Steven

Contributor

@Michael Holste is it possible to pin and lock a post in place so that it does not collapse automatically after a user has viewed it? The feature is good, but in many instances the pinned post is an important corporate message that users should see reputedly for it to sink in. In other situations, the collapsed feature is good to have, too. As such, it would be ideal if Admins could choose whether to allow the post to collapse or not.

Occasional Contributor

@Michael Holste 

Question regarding the heading SharePoint News in the Yammer Home Feed

Any chance for admins to turn this off?

Or else any chance to control/maintain which news post show up in the Yammer Home Feed?

Because this confuses people a lot.

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