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MC312490: Yammer Cross-geo external collaboration support on External Networks for the EU

With this release, members from Yammer networks located in the European Union will be able to be invited to Yammer External Networks hosted by a Yammer network located in the United States. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 88837.

Note: For the subset of users of EU networks who had previously been active members of external networks, using an organization’s old network in the US geo, are reinvited to the external networks, their old profile will be marked as “deleted” without deleting any of the user’s content in those external networks.

Members from Yammer Networks hosted in the EU can be invited to and participate in Yammer External Networks hosted in the US.

Yammer Cross-geo external collaboration support on External Networks for the EU

When will this happen

We will begin rolling this out in mid-February and expect to complete rollout late March.

How will this affect your organization

This new capability will enable users from networks in the EU geo to participate in external networks hosted in the US geo.

  • Previously, users in the EU geo did not have the option to join networks hosted in the US geo. With this change, they will be able to do so
  • A subset of EU users that may have previously participated in the External Network, that used basic networks before an EU-based Microsoft 365 tenant was setup, will need to be reinvited from their EU geo and accept the invite to re-join the External Network. These users’ old profile will be marked as “deleted” without deleting any of their content in those external networks.

What do you need to do to prepare

If your organization uses a Yammer network hosted in the EU geo, ensure that you plan for this change and communicate to users about how they should use external networks. You can use the “Require admin approval for members to join other companies’ external groups or external networks” setting and set it to ON to be able to first review and allow/not allow the participation of members in your EU Yammer network in external networks hosted in the US.

If your organization hosts external networks, you can invite members from the EU. For the scenario described for the subset of users mentioned above, if you prefer to opt out of marking old profiles as “deleted”, please reach out to [email protected] by February 11, 2022. Opting out will oblige External Network admins to manually mark these users as deleted before reinviting them.

Message ID: MC312490
Published: 08 January 2022
Updated: 08 January 2022
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Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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