Get to know Yammer

It starts with your business email address. Enter your company email, and Yammer will email you a signup link to join your company's Yammer account. There, you can add your profile info, follow colleagues, and join suggested groups Yammer thinks you may be interested in. It'll even suggest new groups you could make to kickoff new conversations.

You'll then see Yammer's Facebook-like main page, with updates and comments in the center, groups and search on the left, and a list of people you can chat with live in the bottom right corner. If you need to get in touch urgently, or need a private discussion, just tap a name and start chatting in a Google Talk-style popover chat box. You can even bring others in to start a group chat, or use the same box to send a message to others when they're offline. And you can look back at old chat conversations anytime by clicking the mail icon in the left sidebar.

The main part of Yammer is its default status update view. You can post a quick Update to let others know what you're working on or share a link you found. Or, you can make a poll to see what everyone thinks about something, use Praise to compliment someone on the team on something done well. Each post then includes like and reply buttons to keep the conversation going. Yammer doesn't update the page with new posts in real time, but it does show a small notification on the sidebar whenever new posts are added to one of your groups.

Groups include some extra features. Your default Yammer page is the company-wide water cooler, the place where you'll share things with everyone. Groups let you discuss things in smaller teams, perhaps as a great place for the dev team to talk about bug fixes or the marketing team to brainstorm on the next campaign. They can be open to your entire company, or private to only the people you invite—or they can be external groups, where you invite people from other companies to chat with your team.

You'll find the same default Yammer features in groups, along with tools to share files and notes. Notes are Yammer's internal blog posts, where you can share longform rich text memos. Notes are files are stored in Yammer but not shared in your conversations by default—but you can share them individually with your team to get feedback. And, they're archived forever in Yammer as a record of your team's ideas.

Need more from your network? Check out Yammer's App Directory, which includes apps and tools to add extra features to your network like training, visualizations, rewards, and more. Or, use Yammer integrations to connect Yammer to the tools you're already using to share automated status updates in your network and more.

When chat doesn't cut it, and you want a more permanent way to cary on conversations that's not as annoying as email or an internal forum, Yammer's a great app to try. It gives you the best features of a network like Facebook, with tools focused just on what your team needs to work together.

Yammer Resources:

  • Get help using Yammer with Microsoft's Yammer Support guide

  • Managing Yammer for your company? Check out the Yammer Admin Guide

  • Check out Zapier's reviews of other Microsoft tools you'll use alongside Yammer, including OneDrive and Excel Online

  • Learn how to build apps for Yammer with the Yammer Developer documentation

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Yammer Pricing

  • Free for core features

  • $3/month per user for Yammer Enterprise, for custom branding and advanced security settings

  • Yammer Enterprise included with SharePoint Online and Office 365 Enterprise plans

Yammer Features

  • Share status updates with your team

  • Gather data with polls or share detailed ideas with notes and announcements

  • Keep the discussion going with threaded messages

  • Organize your colleagues into teams to know what each group is working on

  • Share files and discuss them with your team

  • iOS, Android, and Windows apps available

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