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Enforcing Office 365 identity in Yammer now available

Today’s post was written by Angus Florance, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.

A year ago, we announced that you could use your Office 365 credentials to sign in to Yammer. Today we’re excited to share with you a new feature that supports enforcing Office 365 identity in Yammer. By enforcing Office 365 identity in Yammer and configuring federated identity in Office 365, admins can achieve single sign-on (SSO) capabilities for all services in Office 365, which includes Yammer. This further enables administrators to seamlessly manage Yammer from Office 365.

Enforce Office 365 identity in Yammer

The Enforce Office 365 identity in Yammer checkbox on the Security Settings page.

Important changes to Yammer SSO and directory synchronization

As Yammer becomes more tightly integrated within Office 365, we are eliminating the need for administrators to learn and maintain separate tools for Yammer. As part of this effort, we are removing the Yammer SSO and directory synchronization (DSync) tools, starting December 1, 2016. These legacy tools were created when Yammer was a standalone service. Now, customers can use the familiar Office 365 tools to set up SSO (Office 365 sign-in with federated identity) and directory synchronization (Azure AD Connect). Note that administrators can configure the Office 365 tool for sign-in themselves, rather than having to contact the Yammer support team, as with Yammer SSO.

We encourage all Yammer customers using the Yammer SSO and DSync legacy tools to enforce Office 365 identity, set up Office 365 federated identity, and configure Azure AD Connect going forward. You have 12 months to make these changes. For more information on how to make these changes, please review this article.


Join Our YamJam

If you’d like to learn more about Yammer’s latest integrations with Office 365, join our YamJam. On December 9, 2015, the Office 365 Network will host a YamJam from 9:00–10:00 a.m. PST to discuss Yammer’s new product direction. Members of the product engineering team will be on hand to answer your questions. For those unfamiliar with a YamJam, it is similar to a “TweetJam” on Twitter or an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit, except it takes place on Yammer. It provides the opportunity for the community to ask questions and have a discussion with a panel of internal Microsoft experts on a particular topic.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Request access to the Office 365 Network. All requests will be approved as quickly as possible.
  2. Join the Enterprise Social Service Update group. You can find it by using the Browse Groups function or through the search bar.
  3. Sign in at 9:00 a.m. PST on December 9, 2015 to ask questions, follow the discussions and connect with Microsoft team members.

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