If you already use Skype to stay in touch with friends and family in your life away from work, you’ll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it’s easy to find and connect with co-workers. And you can use the devices you already have to reach businesses through an enterprise-grade, secure, IT-managed platform.
Unknown to a most, users can sign into Yammer via the use of the Office 365 sign in feature. This feature enables Office 365 users to access Yammer using their Office 365 credentials that work’s across all Office 365 applications.
When users sign in to Yammer using their Office 365 credentials, they are redirected to their organisation’s Office 365 log in page. Once they enter their email address and password, they will be presented with an Office 365 suite navigation bar at the top of their Yammer network (as shown below). Users can quickly toggle back and forth between Yammer, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint.
Yammer and Office 365
Office 365 suite navigation bar and Yammer integration
Who gets it?
Office 365 sign in for Yammer was phased in between December 2014 and March 2015 and is currently shipped to all Office 365 customers matching the following criteria:
Yammer Enterprise activated within an organisation’s Office 365 Admin Center;
Yammer single sign-on (SSO) is not enabled.
It is highly recommended that organisations select Yammer as their default social network. This will ensure that users can access Yammer through their Office 365 navigation bar.
The Office 365 sign in feature for Yammer is just the latest step to help organisations to harness power of social networking for everyday use.
What is Yammer
Yammer is a private social networking solution which helps employees connect to one another, share information, manage projects and collaborate for effectively.
Transform Your Business With Yammer
The world is constantly changing – and organisations are discovering that a new way of working is required in order to succeed. Yammer, had helped more than 200,000 leading companies – including 85% of the Fortune 500 to their journey of incorporating social networking into their organisation.
Collaborate, engage and innovate with Yammer at every step of the way.
An engaged workforce is a productive workforce which is good for business: higher productivity, higher profitability and lower turnover. Enterprise social networking has been shown to increase employee engagement giving every team member a voice. Solutions like Yammer provide an organisation with the tools and information to do more. Improved company communication can help make learning and onboarding, and recognising top talent easier.
Work smarter and faster in teams
Yammer is built around open communication so team members can get up to speed, have greater context around the work they are doing, and make better decisions. Stay on the same page
Teams work better with context. Start a Yammer conversation within Office documents to bring everyone up to speed. Greater visibility = Better decisions
Yammer helps you discover relevant conversations, groups, files, and people across the company. Work from anywhere
The Yammer mobile app allows you to participate from virtually everywhere so you never have to miss a beat.
So, what is Office 365 then?
Microsoft describes it thusly:
“Office 365″ refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services), such as Lync web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive and Skype world minutes for home.”
But that’s not altogether clear in and of itself. There are different tiers to Office 365, such as personal, home and student and business. In its most basic form you get access to full Office desktop apps, mobile apps for Android and iOS should you wish, OneDrive storage, Skype minutes and more.
The free subscription offers on things like Surface 3 you’ll find yourself with a personal subscription. It’s also the cheapest tier if you’re handing over money. So let’s examine exactly what that gets you.
One of the ways that Office 365 for small business protects you, is requiring the users to type in a password when they sign in. As an Office 365 admin, you need to manage passwords for your organization. By default, password expires for 730 days, but as an admin, you can change how often passwords expire.
On the admin page, under Service Settings click Passwords.
On the right side, type in the number of days you want the passwords to stay valid.
Fourteen days before a password is set to expire, the user is set to receive a reminder to change the password.
As an admin, you forget your own password, you can ask another admin to reset it for you, but if you were the only admin in your organization, you can reset your own password as long as your account settings are updated with this information:
Your account must contain an alternate email address that is not your Office 365 email address.
If you use a custom domain with your Office 365 account, you also need to provide a mobile phone number that can receive text messages.
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With Office 365, you can share documents with people inside and outside your organization whether you are using a computer or mobile device. This video will show several ways to share documents but keep in mind that what you see in Office 365, depends on how your organization has set it up.
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