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Sharon Lin
Microsoft
‎01-23-2017 09:41 AM

Changes to Yammer Group Types

‎01-23-2017 09:41 AM

To pave the way for O365 groups integration, Yammer will be changing its group types to align with O365 group concepts. These changes will include the following:

 

  1. Public Groups – the option for closed membership will no longer be available
  2. Private Groups (Listed) – only the admin of the Yammer group can grant approvals to new members
  3. Private Groups (Unlisted) – only the admin of the Yammer group can grant approvals to new members

 

Note, this will not affect existing groups with closed membership or team approval settings but will only apply to the creation of new groups.

 

A look at Before and After January 24, 2017:

 

Group Type

Before January 24, 2017

After January 24, 2017

Public Group

The option for closed membership (requiring approval from either the admin of the Yammer group or group member to join) was available

The option for closed memberships (requiring approval from either the admin of the Yammer group or group member to join) will no longer be available; Public groups will not require any approvals going forward.

Private Group (Listed)

Need approval - the admin of the Yammer group or any group member can approve

Only the admin of the Yammer group can grant approvals

Private Group (Unlisted)

Need approval - the admin of the Yammer group or any group member can approve

Only the admin of the Yammer group can grant approvals

 

 

See Screenshots below:

 

Before (highlighting Public Access):

 yammer screen 1.png

 

  

Before (highlighting Private Access):

 yammer screen 2.png 

New:


yammer screen 3.png

 

 

13 Comments
Jesse Shauffer
Contributor

Just wondering when office 365 groups will be officially turned on?

 

Seems like every 2 months we get another...."soon you will be able to"...."paving the way"....."someday you can"....!

Reid Culp
Occasional Contributor

When this change occurs in our client tenant, does this mean that integration with Office 365 Groups will be available for that group too?

Sharon Lin
Microsoft

@Jesse - This is one of the last steps in preparation for turning on Office 365 groups.  We're almost there!  

Sharon Lin
Microsoft

@Reid - can you clarify what you mean by "that group"?  In general, Office 365 groups will be made available just to new groups initially.  Backfilled groups will be turned on at a later date in the future.  

Christine Stack
Contributor

We have been following our FastTrack project plan for deploying Yammer.  So far it is going great.  We are finding that word of the pilot group spread fast and we may have no issue with adoption but instead an issue with "if you build it they will come".  I have been trying to HOLD OUT creating groups until the new Office 365 group integration is complete due to "In general, Office 365 groups will be made available just to new groups initially.  Backfilled groups will be turned on at a later date in the future.  "  I really want full functionality out of the Yammer groups from the start.  I do not want to confust users and train everyone when there will be some pretty awesome upgrades soon.   In the few weeks of our pilot word has spread fast.  People want in.  Do you have a suggestion?  Create groups now OR make them wait for the integration to be complete?

 

Thanks to anyone who wants to share their 2 cents.


 

  

 

 


 

Christine Stack
Contributor

My understanding was that After January 24, 2017 I would  not have the below option for Public Group closed membership.  Why is this still available.  Did I misunderstand?  This snip was taken today while I was testing Yammer groups.Yammer Groups NEW test 2-3-2017.JPG

 

 

Am I understanding this wrong

 

Group type

Before January 24, 2017

After January 24, 2017

Public Group

The option for closed membership (requiring approval of either the admin of the group or member to join) was still available  .

The option for closed memberships (requiring approval of either the admin of the group or member to join) will no longer be available; Public groups will not require any approvals going forward.

Private Group

Need approval - admin of the Yammer group or any member can approve.

Only the admin of Yammer group can grant approvals.

Private Group (Unlisted)

Need approval - admin of the Yammer group or any member can approve.

Only the admin of Yammer group can grant approvals.

 

 

Christine Stack
Contributor

More on my above post.  At first I do not get the option for open and closed membership but as soon as I click the radio button to private group and then click back to public group the options for closed membership appear with public groups.

Sharon Lin
Microsoft

@Christine Stack.  Per our product manager, "If the group was public restricted before we made the change then the owner can still see the option (so that s/he can change out of that option). If the owner changes out of restricted state and clicks save then s/he will never see the option again."  

Christine Stack
Contributor

Sharon Lin, Thanks for the quick response.  The group that was giving me that options for restricted membership was created today not prior to the change so something is just not right.

Guido Peter
New Contributor

Why do we not get a calendar in yammer connected groups?

Sharon Lin
Microsoft

@peter Guido  This will not be rolled out in the initial phase of Yammer connected groups but it will be coming at a later date.

Guido Peter
New Contributor

In the Yammer admin center under security settings, I can see "Status: Enabled - Connected Groups are turned on for this network." But when I create I new group in Yammer, it is still "not connected" to Office 365 groups.

Christine Stack
Contributor

Microsoft,

Will it be obvious the day our Yammer has been integrated with 0365 groups?  Everyday I create a new group to test.  Will we get a screen tip like I did for the change with Private Messages?