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Microsoft SharePoint and Yammer Integration

My colleague Seth Broweleit shared with me news that Yammer has been integrated with Microsoft SharePoint.  If you are a Yammer Enterprise customer, you can download the installation package that includes some very nice features.  The video here shows many of the features I’ve listed below: 

  • Primary Yammer Web Part – Add Yammer feeds, private messages, and notifications tabs to SharePoint sites
  • Light Embeddable Feeds – Embed a mini feed anywhere in SharePoint to view and keep track of relevant discussions
  • Document & List Integration – Send links to documents, calendar events, and tasks from SharePoint to Yammer feeds
  • Federated Search – Relevant Yammer messages displayed side by side your SharePoint search results
  • Profile Sync – Import profile information from SharePoint into Yammer, eliminating the need to complete two profiles
  • Notifications – Track unread Yammer messages from the SharePoint top banner
  • Activity Streams – Automatically deliver activity updates from SharePoint to Yammer
  • Single Sign-On – Simultaneously log into Yammer and SharePoint through a single entry point

Yammer lists the system requirements as SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2007.  I find it interesting that SharePoint 2013 isn’t listed.  This could mean that Yammer didn’t have time to test this integration with SP2013, or that Microsoft is purposely holding off this integration because it conflicts with SharePoint 2013’s embedded social tools.  If I hear anything on this front, I’ll let you know.

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3 thoughts on “Microsoft SharePoint and Yammer Integration

  1. Darren

    I suspect the main reason that SharePoint 2013 isn’t listed within the systems requirements is that it isn’t publicly available yet (only to volume-licensed customers which doesn’t count as ‘general availability’).

    Yammer integration isn’t seen as conflicting with SharePoint 2013’s social capabilities. The Social Roadshows going on at the moment are highlighting both solutions and advocating the integration. Yammer is a cloud-based solution, SharePoint can run in the cloud or on-premises. Customers can choose which solution to use for social capabilities, and sometimes that will determined by their acceptance of cloud solutions (some customers have a no-cloud policy). The future roadmap for SharePoint / Yammer integration is not public yet, but it will support customers’ current decisions to use one or the other.

  2. Mark Polly Post author

    Thanks for the comments. I’ve had some internal discussions with some colleagues about this and your comments have added to our discussion.

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