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3 recommended updates: New Yammer app for Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft MVP Jasper Oosterveld on the new Yammer app for Microsoft Teams, the Planner app in Teams becoming the Tasks app, and the introduction of a “Saved for later” web part for modern SharePoint pages.

ShareGate‘s easy-to-use SaaS tools enable organizations to achieve more than ever before with Microsoft cloud technologies. In our ongoing series, Jasper Oosterveld brings you up to speed on the latest and greatest from the world of Microsoft and Office 365.

I hope you enjoyed the last one—where I discussed the SharePoint spaces public preview, changes to video layout in Teams meetings, and modern experiences for the SharePoint metadata service.

Let’s move on to the latest installment!

In this release, you’ll find my opinion on the new Yammer app for Teams, the introduction of a unified Tasks app in Teams, and the availability of a “Saved for later” web part on modern SharePoint pages.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at 3 recommended updates that you should know about now.

Yammer app for Microsoft Teams

Finally! A real integration between Yammer and Microsoft Teams!

Combined with all of the Yammer updates announced at Ignite 2019, it’s clear there is no longer an “either/or” distinction to be made between the two tools. When synced, Yammer and Microsoft Teams can help ease collaboration across the entire Office 365 platform and make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Stay connected to what’s happening across your organization with the new Yammer app for Teams. You can participate in conversations, watch live and on-demand events, and browse your communities just as you would in Yammer, helping you stay up to date with your communities while still having access to your projects, chats, and meetings.

Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Featured ID: 63163

The Yammer app, simply called “Communities”, provides employees with a full-blown Yammer experience within Microsoft Teams:

New Yammer app in Microsoft Teams.

The Communities app is a place where all employees can share their ideas, expertise, and stories. And thanks to its ease of use and the fact that everyone is part of one network, the new Yammer app serves as a powerful connector between users and the rest of their organization—without the need to switch applications.

Again, Microsoft Teams establishes its reputation as the hub for collaboration and communication. At the same time, I’m very happy to see Yammer climb back up from the shadows and reclaim its place in Office 365.

Good to know:

  • You can use the Microsoft Teams app setup policies to automatically deploy the Yammer/Communities app to all your users.
  • Start updating your user training and documentation, and prepare your employees by sending out a news post announcing this update and its benefits.

Microsoft started rolling out the Yammer app for Microsoft Teams to all customers in mid-April 2020. You can find more details about the new Yammer app experience in Microsoft’s blog post.

Planner app in Teams will become the new Tasks app

This is another exciting and important feature for Microsoft Teams—especially since many of us use task managers in both our personal and work lives.

Currently, we can create tasks in Outlook, Planner, To Do, and Teams channels. But with so many task tools at our disposal in Office 365, a lot of people are struggling to maintain all of their different tasks.

Well, Microsoft Teams is here to save the day! The Planner app for Teams is going to be rebranded to “Tasks”.

Tasks in Teams consolidates your tasks across Microsoft To Do, Teams channels, Planner, and Outlook.

Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Featured ID: 57213

All of our tasks will now be available in one central location, enabling us to work within one application—Microsoft Teams—and increase our overall productivity.

Good to know:

  • Existing Planner tabs will behave the same as they do today, but will show an additional list view.
  • Users will be able to add new Tasks tabs to the channels in teams they belong to, and can access the Tasks app in the same ways they previously accessed the Planner app.
  • Start updating your user training and documentation, and prepare your employees by sending out a news post announcing this update and its benefits.
  • Government tenants will see the name change when it rolls out, but will not see the additional user experience changes until a later date. Microsoft will communicate via the Message center once these are available.

Microsoft started the rollout to all customers in late April and expects the rollout to be completed by early May 2020. Check out Microsoft’s blog post for more info on the new Tasks app for Teams.

“Saved for later” web part available on modern SharePoint pages

SharePoint Online gives you the option to save news pages and documents for later. But up until now, you had to browse to different locations in order to find any items you’d saved.

For example, the news pages are currently displayed on the SharePoint start page:

News pages displayed on SharePOint start page.

Microsoft is releasing a new web part for modern SharePoint pages that aggregates your saved items:

New Saved for later web part.

With the ‘Saved for later’ web part, each user can see the content they’ve saved when they view your page.

Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Featured ID: 57810

I applaud the arrival of this web part (and others like it) because it facilitates a personalized SharePoint experience—which is ideal for intranet portals.

Good to know:

  • Page authors can determine the source of Saved items shown on the page by selecting All saved items (to show all of the page viewer’s items across SharePoint) or Saved items (to show all of the user’s saved items from the site on which the page is located).
  • The Saved for later web part can be added to any page or news post in SharePoint.

Microsoft will gradually roll out the web part to Targeted release customers beginning mid-May, and expects to complete the rollout by the end of July 2020.

More changes on the horizon for Yammer

At InSpark, we’ve been fortunate to work with the new Yammer experience (still in beta), and we have been very impressed with the new look and feel and simplified features. The integration with Microsoft Teams via the new Communities app is smooth, helping us increase our overall usage and adoption of Yammer.

The announcements and excitement for Yammer don’t stop here:

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