Fully marrying Teams, Outlook, and Yammer in Office 365 Groups

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Hi Teams folks - there was a great slide at Ignite (below) that finally put all three Office 365 Group communications methods into one graphic, which targeted the 'correct' use cases for Teams, Yammer, and Outlook. The one problem is Yammer still isn't integrated as a full-fledged Group communication pathway yet. When I create a Group in Teams or Outlook, I get access to communicate in both Teams and Outlook, all as part of the same Group. Yammer, on the other hand, can't do this.

 

What would make this graphic (and concept) a home run is providing Yammer as a fully integrated comm method in that one Group. In effect: create a Group (regardless of where it's created: Teams, Outlook, Planner, SharePoint, Yammer), choose your communication method later (or use all three like the graphic suggests!). 

 

I realize this may be more a comment to Yammer or Groups teams, but it definitely affects Teams because communication needs may change, but content needs don't. So a team may have to jump ship on Teams for Yammer (or vice versa!) but want to retain their SP/Planner/etc. content. And that's a logistical nightmare. It would be nice to have "a Group" that lets my team keep the same membership no matter what and bounce between our inner loop, outer loop, and email as we need to, while retaining all the other Groups apps as they are.

 

Anyway, question is will the communications methods all become fully integrated into Groups and if so, is there a planned date for that?

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I think the Yammer team would be able to provide you with more specificity on Yammer and Groups, won't you please post this question here https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Yammer/bd-p/YammerGeneral thank you!

I can, but I wanted it to be clear to the Teams team that this is impactful on that product and how we use it. Teams has a vested interest in Yammer, Outlook has a vested interest in Teams, Yammer has a vested ... you get the picture.

 

Not sure how interaction occurs between these different teams at Redmond, but Groups makes this all one big product/experience to us users. So it's important to have a guiding cross-app strategy.

 

Today, when I need a Group, I need to consider the communication platform first; I literally can do nothing before I commit to a communication method. That's an artificial barrier to entry that, once it's gone, will lead to great adoption and provide us choice and flexibility. And it will give full legitimacy to that slide, which currently implies communication can jump across comm apps, which isn't the case.

 

Anyway, thanks for listening.

Well said. I couldn't agree with you more.