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OneDrive and Yammer takes Social Collaboration to a new level on SharePoint Online

Yammer brings conversations to your OneDrive and SharePoint Online files

Christophe Fiessinger is a group product manager on the enterprise social team.


At SharePoint Conference 2014 we announced new enterprise social experiences across Office 365 helping businesses work more like networks by leveraging the power of the cloud to bring people together, gain quicker access to relevant insights and help make smarter decisions, faster.

Today we’re announcing the release of one of those features–document conversations–which essentially embeds the social collaboration capabilities of Yammer into the Office apps you use to get work done every day. Get ready for a new, simple way to collaborate on the content you produce with Office Online and store in the cloud in SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business.


Document conversations enable people to share their ideas and expertise around Office documents, images and videos right from within the content they are editing or reviewing. Imagine being able to ask questions, find expertise and offer feedback about content without having to leave the application you’re working in!


Because it’s Yammer you can also view and participate in conversations outside your document, on your mobile device, in Microsoft Dynamics CRM or any app where a Yammer feed is embedded! Get ready for a totally new way to produce incredible content!

Here’s how document conversations work. When you open a file in your browser from your cloud store, you see the file on the left with a contextual Yammer conversation in a pane on the right. You can collapse and expand the Yammer pane as needed.

You can do more than join in a conversation from the Yammer pane. You can also post a message, @mention your coworkers, and publish to a Yammer group—either public or private.

Document conversations are easy to join in Yammer as well. If you’re working in Yammer, you’ll see a threaded conversation in the group the post was published in with an icon that enables you to open the file from the cloud location where it lives. The Yammer conversations about files are visible to users in the group but only users who have permission to view or edit the file can open it.

Document conversations are progressively being rolled out to our customers during the course of this summer where it will then be available across all sites within a tenant. To leverage document conversations, you will need to enable Yammer as your default social network.


For additional information, see this post: Make Yammer your default social network in Office 365.Get started today by storing your files in the cloud on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, and harness social collaboration across your company with Yammer. In the coming weeks Document conversations will then be activated in your organization and ready to use! Because we continue to innovate and integrate, subscribe to this blog to get the latest updates across Office 365. And don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with your questions or suggestions.

Christophe Fiessinger @cfiessinger

Frequently asked questions

Q: What file types can be used for document conversations?

A: Document Conversations supports over 30 common file types, including .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pdf, .png, .gif, .mp4, .avi, and more.

Q: Can I see conversations in Office desktop or when I send a document as a mail attachment?

A: No. Currently Yammer threads are visible only in files stored in a SharePoint Online document library or OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

Q: What happens if a file is renamed?

A: Document Conversations uses Yammer’s Open Graph protocol, so when a post is published it also contains a link to the file. This link serves as the glue between the file and its associated conversations. Because the link changes according to the file name, when a file is renamed, the link changes, causing the Yammer conversations to become disassociated from the new file name.

Q: Can I start conversations in a Yammer external network?

A: No. We set our initial goal to build Document Conversations to help teams work better internally. While the new document conversations cannot be started in Yammer external networks today, we are exploring ways to extend collaboration around content to beyond your firewall.

Access OneDrive for Business using the SharePoint 2013 APIs

OneDrive for Business, a personal cloud library for business, is a place where users can store files and documents, sync them with their devices, and share them with others. It comes as a part of SharePoint Server 2013 or SharePoint Online (Office 365). Essentially it’s a SharePoint Document Library under the covers, so you can access it just like any other document library in SharePoint 2013 using the SharePoint APIs. Whether you use the client-side object model (CSOM) or Representational State Transfer (REST)—it’s your choice. In this post, learn how to construct the REST URLs to access files and folders in OneDrive for Business.

From a user’s perspective, to access your OneDrive for Business library, you simply click OneDrive in the Office 365 menu bar, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Office 365 menu bar
Figure 1. Office 365 menu bar

Or you can always navigate directly there using this URL pattern:
YourUserName_ YourO365DomainHere_onmicrosoft_com/.

But that’s from the end-user perspective. How do you access OneDrive for Business as a developer? In this example, we will use REST.

Note: If your Office 365 site is set up to use a custom domain—for example,—your MySite URL will be of the pattern, contoso_com/.

Start with the basics

  1. Sign in to your Office 365 SharePoint site, and navigate to your OneDrive for Business library using one of the two methods mentioned above.
  2. Click the Shared with Everyone folder and upload a document. For this example, the document name is myDocument.docx.
  3. To use the REST API to view the information on the uploaded document, construct a URL with the following pattern:
    Documents/Shared with Everyone/myDocument.docx’)
  4. Copy/paste it into your browser. The XML returned should look like this:
    Figure 2. Example of XML returned by the REST APIFigure 2. Example of XML returned by the REST API
  5. To download the document, append /$value to the URL. When prompted to save the file, name it myDocumentDownload.docx, and save it.

Work with documents and other files as “items”

  1. For definitive read/write guidance, see Working with lists and list items with REST on MSDN.
  2. To experiment, upload a couple of files to the root Documents folder in your OneDrive for Business library. Now you can test out a few REST read calls in your signed-in browser.
  3. Using this URL pattern:
    Append lists/Documents/items/ to it. Here you will get all the items.

    1. To get the metadata for a particular item, modify items/ to items(n)/ where (n) is the specific item number you want to view.
    2. To see the metadata for the file, append file/ (for example, items(n)/file/)
    3. To download the file, append $value (for example, items(n)/file/$value)
  4. You can also use in place of the above pattern lists/GetByTitle(‘Documents’)/…, and the API will return the same results.

Work with folders and files

  1. Files are often nested in folders, and you may need to drill down into the folder structure; or you may want to represent the folder structure and files in a user interface (UI). Using the following REST calls, you can also work with folders and files in a more logical way than just the “items(n)sequential location as the pattern shown above. This is where getting folders by relative URL and subsequently enumerating all the files within a folder is really handy.
    For definitive read/write guidance, see Working with folders and files with REST on MSDN.
  2. Assume the OneDrive file structure shown in Figure 3, where you have both folders and documents at the same level.
    Figure 3. SkyDrive file structure with folders and documents at the same level
    Figure 3. OneDrive file structure with folders and documents at the same level
  3. To retrieve all the folders, you will use GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl with the following URL pattern:
    To this URL, append GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl(‘/personal/YourUserName_YourO365DomainHere_onmicrosoft_com/Documents’)/folders/.
    All the folders will be returned. You can then subsequently use the ServerRelativeURL property for each folder to continue to “walk down” each folder until you reach its end node.

    Figure 4. ServerRelativeUrl property of a folderFigure 4. ServerRelativeUrl property of a folder
  4. Likewise, if you want to return metadata about all the files in a folder, simply replace folders/ with files/, and all the files will be enumerated.
    Figure 5. ServerRelativeUrl property of a file
    Figure 5. ServerRelativeUrl property of a file

    Then, if you want to retrieve the file, use the GetFileByServerRelativeUrl URL pattern, described in the first section above, with /$value appended to the URL.

The above URL patterns show how to construct the REST calls for use in the browser for simplicity. However, you can readily implement these URL patterns in your code.

For example, if you are developing an app for SharePoint, the app can call into a user’s MySite site collection and access their OneDrive for Business documents using REST or CSOM.

The REST call to get to the file would be:

To programmatically get the OneDrive for Business URL for the signed-in user, you can make a call to the user Profile service:

Remember, your app for SharePoint needs to request the right set of permissions in the app manifest to access OneDrive for Business content—for example, AllSites.Read—and if using the User Profile service: Social.Read. When you request a token from Access Control Service (ACS), make sure you have the right audience. In order to call OneDrive for Business, you need a token whose target audience is Also remember to encode all the query parameters in the URL.

This post does not detail these calls for CSOM, but the CSOM equivalents are available: see the CSOM, JSOM, and REST API Index. Other valuable resources are the articles on how to complete basic operations using CSOM and JSOM, and getting started with SharePoint 2013 REST.

Lastly, for sample code, download the Apps for SharePoint sample pack, which provides examples across C#, REST, and JavaScript. It contains useful samples, including:


Microsoft Is Offering OneDrive Cloud Storage For Microsoft, iOS and Android Devices

Microsoft on Wednesday officially announced the global availability of its rebranded cloud storage service OneDrive.

Microsoft originally called the service SkyDrive but was forced to rebrand after British Sky Broadcasting sued and won a trademark lawsuit over use of the name.

OneDrive features some changes, including automatic camera backup for Android and the ability to share and view videos just as easily as photos. However, the biggest improvement is that now people can simultaneously access and edit files stored in OneDrive. The feature brings it into line with Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud. It will also automatically encode your uploaded videos and automatically stream in the optimum resolution for the bandwidth and device accessing it.

The company has also added new ways for you to earn more storage – on top of the 7 GB it is already give you for free. Microsoft is offering users who refer friends up to 5 GB (in 500 MB increments) for each friend who accepts an invitation to OneDrive, and will even give you 3 GB just for using the camera backup feature. There’s even a new monthly payment plan.

Existing SkyDrive users access the OneDrive they will find that many things are exactly as they left them. They can still log in to access web app versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for on-the-fly document editing.

OneDrive is built into the latest versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Office and Xbox. For everyone else, accessing SkyDrive will automatically reroute a smartphone or tablet to OneDrive landing page instead.

To celebrate the official launch of OneDrive, Microsoft will give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for one year.Image

Microsoft officially launches OneDrive!!

Not too long ago, Microsoft confirmed they are rebranding the SkyDrive and it will be known as OneDrive. Recently, the Redmond-based company took the wraps off of their new service, and it’s now available for the general public. For those of you who don’t know, it’s still the same as Skydrive and gives users the ability to store their files in the cloud and access them from any device, anywhere.

If you’re wondering about the files that were saved on SkyDrive, fret not as they are moved to the new cloud storage service, all you need to do is login with your SkyDrive account on OneDrive, and Voila! your files are there.

The new service comes with enticing new features as well. On signing up on the new service, users get 7GB extra storage space for free. It doesn’t end here, on referring your friends and other people, you can get an additional 5GB of storage space for every friend that registers on OneDrive. Other features include automatic camera backup for Android and you also get an extra 3GB for it, ability to share and view videos, and much more.

The service has dedicated applications for all major platforms that are currently available in the market, including Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS and Android, which makes sure you can have seamless access to the service any time.Image