On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a number of updates to its Yammer enterprise communications tool, which should make enterprise customers very happy. These updates which now include SharePoint integration will cure enterprise customers new desires for Yammer in the workplace.
The Yammer updates are part of the plans laid out by Microsoft earlier this year, and brings together the enterprise level updates that customers have been desiring in their companies. The updates make the $1.2 billion purchase of Yammer last year making more sense for investors.
iPad Integration and App Improvements
The updates to Yammer will include the redesign of the Yammer iPad application, which has been redone to help users get through messages easier than they can today. As Yammer is an enterprise level communication tool, it makes sense that Microsoft makes the messaging portion of the program easier for users.
Next, Microsoft is making improvements to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Yammer apps for enterprise users. Those who are using Yammer in companies, will see improved live tips, toast notifications, and enhanced inbox functionality with the updates to Yammer. This will help with the relaunch of Windows 8.1 later this month, and make Yammer more widely used with these devices.
Other Changes To Yammer
Other changes to Yammer include the ability to communicate via email to Yammer messages. This is very important for those who don’t have a Yammer account, and has limited conversations within Yammer to those who have the accounts only. This will allow for more external conversations.
Users will also see messaging interface updates, abilities to start Yammer conversations from documents in SharePoint Online, and the ability to forward results of an Office 365 search directly to someones Yammer account. These updates will make Yammer much more usable within organizations and please those who use it.
It is very clear that Microsoft is making Yammer a strong enterprise tool within organizations, and will make it stronger as it integrates it into its services. It has only been 18 months since the acquisition of the company, but enterprise customers are starting to see why Microsoft spent $1.2 billion for Yammer after all.