Office 365 Partner Community: focus on Enterprise Social – introduction and innovations


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by Michael Panciroli
US Partner Technology Strategist for Office 365

The Office 365 Partner Community is led by National Partner Technology Strategists from the Microsoft US Partner Team. Partner Community activities include blog posts, discussions on Yammer, newsletters, and community calls.

This is part 1 of our Office 365 Partner Community blog series focusing on Enterprise Social. In this post I will bring you up to date on recent developments in this space.

Our world has become like a giant network, yet many of our clients—and even we in the technology industry—still work like we always have. It's important for customers to understand what they are saying internally. What are their expectations? What do they want? They need to be connected so they can work together and find, then provide, answers quickly. In this new world we enable employees to be visible, transparent, and work out in the open, cutting across organizational silos and boundaries and facilitating cross-company discovery. We are providing experiences to create responsive organizations that are adaptive to the needs of the business.

The latest productivity innovations weave social into the tools you use every day and make them easy to use, frictionless, and contextual, so you can get things done. Beyond Yammer integration with Office 365, we have been building new experiences that allow you to work like a network - such as Office Delve and the Office Graph. We are also introducing new capabiliies to work more effectively in groups both inside your organization and outside. Let's recap some of these recent announcement's so you are up to date.

Office Delve

Office Delve is a new way to search and discover content across Office 365 based on personalized insights. The Office Graph analyzes signals and applies machine learning. Personalized insights are built up for each user, based on their behavior and their relationships to content, topics, and each other. Content and signals are captured from Exchange Online, SharePoint Online (including the Office 365 Video portal), and links shared in Yammer. Soon, Delve will also enable inline conversations so you can share and discuss content in Yammer from within the Delve experience.

Learn more about Office Delve

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Document conversations

Document conversations enable people to share their ideas and expertise around Office documents, images, and videos right from within the content they are editing or reviewing. When opening a file stored in SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business in your browser, the file is opened on the left and a contextual Yammer conversation is shown on the right, side by side. You can collapse and expand the Yammer pane as needed.

Learn more about document conversations

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Office Online previews in Yammer

With Office Online support in Yammer, files uploaded directly into Yammer can be viewed and edited with Office Online, directly in Yammer. This allows documents to be rendered with Office Online directly in the context of all relevant Yammer conversations. Previews are only a first step. We are working to bring the collaboration experience directly into Yammer.

Mobile enhancements

The Yammer mobile experience is updated on a weekly basis. A couple of the more notable recent enhancements include being able to start a conversation on your Mac OS X and—with one swipe—continue it on your iPhone or iPad, and Android Ware device support.

Learn more about Yammer on mobile devices

Yammer "All Company" group prioritization

If you weren't paying close attention you may have missed this one. The Yammer "All Company" group has been moved to the bottom of the groups list. The reason is to prioritize and encourage discussion within groups users belong to.

External collaborators/messaging

Soon, you will be able to manage your projects all in one place to foster more fully informed and engaged teams. If you work with vendors, partners, and customers who are external to your Yammer network, you will be able to invite them to new internal conversations, existing conversations, and private messages. There is a beta test of this capability on the Office 365 Yammer Network.

IT improvements

Coming soon for networks with mapped users that meet the requirements to receive Office 365 sign-in for Yammer, Azure AD sync will receive an update that gives admins the ability to unify suspension rights and email changes. For instance, a user deleted in Office 365 will automatically be suspended in Yammer. And, when admins change a user's email address in Office 365, it will automatically be modified in Yammer. This automates a previously manual step for admins.

Learn more about using Office 365 credentials to sign in to Yammer

Discontinuations

Partners should be aware of the recent announcement of the discontinuation of the Yammer App for SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, and of the Yammer Web Part for SharePoint 2010. If you have customers using the App or the Web Part you will need to replace them with Yammer Embed which will be the single solution to integrate Yammer feeds.

Read more about these changes and the timeline on the Office 365 Yammer network

 

Office 365 community - April 2 birds Our April 2 Office 365 Partner Community call will be a discussion about Enterprise Social.

Register for the community call

In part 2 of this blog series, we’ll look at the Social Journey, and in part 3, we’ll close with a look at how partners make money with Enterprise Social.

Visit the Office 365 Public Roadmap for more Yammer and Enterprise Social updates.

Previous Office 365 Partner Community topics

Focus on FastTrack “Getting Started”

Focus on Identity Integration

Focus on Enterprise Voice for Office 365 customers

Focus on Security and Compliance

Focus on OneDrive for Business

Focus on Office 365 Hybrid

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