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Office 365 Groups, Delve and Yammer and Their Roles in Microsoft's New Collaboration Strategy

Published: 09 October 2015

ID: G00280401

Analyst(s): Larry Cannell


Microsoft is introducing new Office 365 products that appear to compete with Yammer not long after recommending its use in place of SharePoint 2013. IT strategists need to understand the roles these products are starting to play in Microsoft's new approach to collaboration.

Table Of Contents


  • Microsoft Is at a Crossroads With Yammer and Office 365
  • An Introduction to Office 365's New Collaboration Portfolio
    • Office 365 Groups Is a Directory Service, Not a Product
    • Delve Will Play a Key Office 365 Collaboration Role
    • Microsoft Is Changing Its Use of "Portal" With Office 365 NextGen Portals
  • Gartner's Assessment of Office 365's Evolving Collaboration Capabilities
    • Microsoft Is Recasting SharePoint Features as Distinct Office 365 Products
    • Yammer Is a Collaboration Platform Unto Itself and Will Be Difficult to Transition
    • The Future of Groups, Delve and Yammer in Office 365
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Continue Using Yammer
  • Prepare to Transition Yammer to Use Office 365 Login
  • Selectively Pilot New Office 365 Collaboration Services
  • Carefully Monitor Yammer's Integration With Delve
  • Feedback on This Document

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