One Identity across Yammer and Office

September 4, 2019

The original article is published on the Microsoft Tech Community Yammer Blog.

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, when the Yammer user is created but also has a corresponding Office identity, we sync these profile fields from Office. Users are able to change these fields in Yammer but they’re overwritten if there are updates to the Office profile. This can lead to confusion and different information being contained in the two profiles and gives users the ability to circumnavigate any controls or 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.

At the end of September, Yammer profiles will be merged into the Office profile. We will write over the Yammer profile with their Office 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 to do so from Delve or ask their IT administrator to assist, just as you would across the rest of Office.

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Click on your profile picture to bring up your account information.

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Select “Update profile” to make changes.

This also means that we’ll remove some otherwise un-used or antiquated fields like your MSN or AOL account information. If the user does not have an Office identity, this change won’t impact them. They can continue editing their Yammer profile directly in Yammer.

While this change does remove the ability to change your Yammer name to reflect campaigns or out of office messaging, it brings 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.

– Ethan Li

Ethan is a Program Manager on the Yammer Team

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