New Yammer public preview plus additional administration controls and enhancements

From Microsoft Corporation

MC211416, Stay Informed, Published date: Apr 29, 2020

We are pleased to announce the following Yammer enhancements as well as additional administration and security controls:

  1. Yammer Public Preview, Roadmap ID 63584
    • Rolling out in early May; rollout complete mid-May.
  2. Restricting conversations in All Company, Roadmap ID 52554
    • Rolling out in early May; rollout complete the end of May
  3. Communication Compliance now includes Yammer monitoring, Roadmap ID 61066
    • Rolling out the end of April; rollout complete the end of July
  4. Updates to Yammer Live Events, Roadmap ID 63633
    • Rolling out early May.

How does this affect me?

1. Admin options available for public preview

Control how your organization previews and rolls out the new Yammer experience under the ‘New Yammer(Preview)’ tab in Yammer Admin Settings. Choose between these three options:

  • Staying on the Classic Yammer
  • Enabling Preview as opt-in
  • Enabling Preview as default setting

You can move back and forth between these settings during the duration of the preview.

Learn more: Meet the New Yammer webinar

2. Admin options for All Company

In order to control the types of conversations that take place in All Company, Yammer is introducing admin settings that restrict the ability to post new conversations. Only network admin members will see publisher in their All Company feed on both mobile and web when conversations have been restricted. All employees will be able to respond to a conversation starter or react to an All Company post.

No immediate action is needed; however, if you are a tenant that has been awaiting this feature, then work with your internal corporate comms teams and/or Yammer owner to prepare. Once All Company supports customization features in your tenant, you’ll be able to enable this feature.

3. Communication compliance

Communication compliance helps minimize communication risks by helping you detect, capture, and take remediation actions for inappropriate messages in your organization. We are now adding Yammer to the communications channels that you can monitor.

4. Enhancements to Live Events

  • Email for producers and presenters will be sent as soon as a Yammer event is created.
  • We’ve added a Yammer Event tab on mobile
  • Enhancements to how portrait images and videos appear on mobile and the web

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

Review the changes and assess the impact for your organization.

You may consider updating your existing Communication Compliance policies to monitor Yammer private messages and community conversation.

Additionally, you may consider updating your training and documentation as appropriate.

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