We’re continuing to strengthen the integration and experiences between Yammer and Office 365, with recent announcements about the app launcher and header, the new SharePoint web part, and Microsoft Teams integrations, and now we’re excited to announce that we are simplifying the profile and identity experiences within Yammer to better align with suite and enhance security.
Currently, if a new Yammer user is created but also has a corresponding Office (Azure Active Directory (AAD) identity, we sync these profile fields from Office. Users can change these fields in Yammer but those changes are overwritten by updates to the profile in AAD. This can lead to confusion and contrasting information between the two profiles. It also provides an opportunity for users to potentially circumvent controls and restrictions set by admins at the Office-level. For example, students could change their names and photos to pretend to be their teachers, or a network user could pose as someone else. That’s about to change.
Beginning in April 2020, Yammer profiles will be merged in the Office profile. We will write over the Yammer profile with their AAD identity to create a single source of truth. At that time, we will also remove the profile tab from the Settings menu. Users that want to change their photos, phone numbers, and other data will need update their information from AAD or ask their IT administrator to assist, just as you would for other Office 365 apps.
Click on your profile picture to update your Office photo.
We currently populate these properties from AAD, and we will continue to do so:
Going forward, users can upload their photos directly by clicking on their profile photo in the Office suite header and pressing ‘Change’. Alternatively, they can edit their photo from the AAD portal, the Office portal, or ask their admin for assistance.
Summing this up
While this change removes the ability to change your name to reflect campaigns, like showing out of office messaging, it does bring a greater coherence to the suite and allows admins to better manage policies, improve data accuracy, and streamline the profile experience for their users. Keep an eye our blog as we continue to share news and solutions from the product team.