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In May of 2018, Microsoft will be removing several legacy features from Yammer. These features are nowadays supported with more modern alternatives in Office 365.

How does this affect users?

Here’s the list of Yammer features which will be removed:

  • Organization charts
  • Recent activity module on the homepage
  • Syncing contacts on mobile apps
  • Desktop notifier application

Any preparations necessary for this change?

You don’t need to do anything, but may consider updating your user training, and notifying your helpdesk.

User training preparation suggestions

Using the removed functionality replacement suggestions below, you may want to update your user training for them.

Organizational charts can be replaced by using any of the following:

  • The rich, interactive organization charts from Delve
  • Microsoft Teams
  • People search and people cards that surface in several Office 365 experiences such as Outlook, SharePoint, and OneDrive

As for recent activity module on the homepage, it can be replaced by using:

  • Connection activity within Delve
  • Activity web part within SharePoint,
  • In people cards that surface in several Office 365 experiences such as Outlook, SharePoint, and OneDrive.

Syncing contacts on mobile apps can be replaced by

  • user profile data which is automatically synced via Azure Active Directory, while Yammer uses the Microsoft Graph to recommend colleagues most relevant to you.

And finally, the desktop notifier application can be replaced by the new Yammer desktop application. Of course, your organization might be reluctant regarding a new app which needs to be deployed and managed, however you can consider the following pro-app arguments before rejecting the idea:

  • The app offers an “always on” connection that makes it easy to get back to your conversations, without having to open a browser and navigate.
  • There’s integration with desktop notifications, so you can be alerted when a conversation needs your attention.

The choice of app versus browser experience will eventually depend on the user, their work preferences, and their use cases as well.