Microsoft integrates Yammer deeper with Office 365

2nd December 2013

More Office 365 users get more Yammer features

Microsoft recently announced a number of new Yammer features as well as its roll-out to all Office 365 Enterprise customers.  The new features include:

  • Email Interoperability: Users can collaborate via Yammer and email together, using whichever they prefer. Email users can now contribute to Yammer discussions without needing a Yammer account.
  • Mobile Apps: Microsoft has updated the Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps to feature improved live tiles, toast notifications and inbox functionality. A redesigned iPad app will provide easier inbox sorting for users.
  • Document conversation: Yammer now allows users to start a conversation for any SharePoint Online document or SkyDrive Pro document.
  • Messaging: Improved real-time communication features include better typing indicators, real-time likes and the ability to easily add multiple coworkers to a conversation amongst other features.

In a blog post announcing the updates, Microsoft’s Jared Spataro made note of the improved email interoperability: “This simple licensing change significantly reduces the friction in cross-org collaboration and will enable end users to work with customers and partners without having to worry about additional costs.”

The update is certainly a useful development, allowing organisations to collaborate more easily with external partners and clients. It also reflects Microsoft’s long-term aim to deeply integrate Yammer with its products as a means of improving their social features. Indeed, the announcement as a whole demonstrates a commitment to improving functionality and its faith in Yammer as an investment.

Microsoft acquired Yammer in June 2012 for $1.2 billion (£800m) as an already mature social network. In the first 12 months, the service saw a 55% increase in registered users (up to about 8 million) and 200% increases in paid-for networks and user activity.

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