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Microsoft Rebrands Yammer Web Experience to Viva Engage

Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its plans to ditch the Yammer brand in favor of Viva Engage. Now, the company has announced that the Yammer.com web experience has been renamed to Viva Engage. Yammer was initially launched as a startup at a TechCrunch startup event back in 2008. It was designed to help organizations create...


Microsoft Exploits Its Software Toolkit to Create Viva

Last Update: Mar 31, 2022

From a technology perspective, Microsoft’s announcement of Viva, their new employee experience platform (EXP) for Microsoft 365, contained a mixture of the good, not-so-good, and puzzling. I don’t plan to cover Microsoft positioning and launch messaging (see Brad’s article). Instead, I want to probe at the technology. To start, Viva is a great example of…

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What’s New in Microsoft 365 – February 2022

Microsoft has published its monthly roundup of all the new features and capabilities added to the Microsoft 365 subscription service. This month, the Redmond giant has highlighted several improvements made to the Windows 365 Cloud PC service, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, more. Here is a look at everything you need to know.  Windows 365 Cloud PC…

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Yammer Previews Support for Azure B2B Collaboration

On December 15, Microsoft announced the preview of Yammer support for guest user access through Azure B2B Collaboration. Yammer joins Microsoft 365 Groups, Teams, SharePoint Online, and Planner as the mainline Microsoft 365 applications supporting guest access. Yammer’s External Collaboration Journey Guest access first appeared in Office 365 Groups in September 2016. At the time,…

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Native Mode Yammer Networks Generate Office 365 Compliance Records

Slow Progress Towards Office 365 Compliance and Data Governance For years, I have been mildly to harshly critical of Yammer’s inability to march in the same step as the rest of Office 365, particularly in data governance and compliance. Much has been promised, but the delivery has been slow, even in Microsoft’s self-proclaimed “Year of…

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Create a User Activity Report for Multiple Office 365 Workloads

The Graph is the Source for Report Data The usage reports available in the Microsoft 365 admin center give a reasonable picture of user activity within a tenant. However, they don’t deliver the kind of flexibility that a customized report can provide. Given that the data comes from the Microsoft Graph, it seems reasonable to…

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Yammer Previews Fluent User Interface

Year of Yammer Keeps on Rolling Seven months after Microsoft declared the “Year of Yammer,” a public preview of a much-hyped (at Ignite 2019) new user interface is available to Office 365 tenants. General availability of the new Yammer is expected in July 2020. The new interface is already available in the Yammer mobile app…

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Key Office 365 News from the Microsoft Ignite Conference 2019

Microsoft made a ton of Office 365-related announcements at their Ignite conference in Orlando. Here’s a summary of the key news for SharePoint, Exchange, Stream, Teams, Yammer, and Outlook. More information will emerge during the week, so stay tuned for more coverage as news emerges.

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Yammer Supports EU Data Residency with No External Collaboration

Microsoft says that new Yammer networks can have their messages stored in the European Union instead of the U.S. That sounds good, until you understand the downside that Yammer loses a lot of its external collaboration capabilities. Given this, it’s likely that some existing EU-based Office 365 tenants who use Yammer will be happy to have their messages stay in the U.S.

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Yammer: A Tip of the Hat to You!

Jasper Oosterveld, Microsoft MVP and Modern Workplace Consultant, shares his opinion about the progress Yammer made over the last couple of years.

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