Yammer for you!
Depending on your own personal level of adoption of the business social network, this announcement by Microsoft may or may not be exciting news for you: All Enterprise Office 365 accounts now have Yammer Enterprise licensing baked right in.
Not sure what Yammer Enterprise brings to the table? Here’s a breakdown of the differences.
Yammer and Office 365 Roadmap
You can read the full article above, but here’s some of the things I’m looking forward to (or at least interested to see how they work)
Email Interoperability: Because we know enterprise social adoption often takes time, we’ve invested in greater email interoperability so users can collaborate via Yammer and email together without having to leave their preferred communication channel. Email users can now participate in Yammer group discussions via email without having to set up a Yammer account.
Document conversation: Social is most effective when it’s woven into the apps people use every day. Now users can start a Yammer conversation for any document that is stored in a SharePoint Online document library or SkyDrive Pro web client. This enhancement makes it easier for users to collaborate, as well as improves the discoverability of the document by others.
Messaging: We are making it easier for users to communicate in real-time with an improved messaging experience on Yammer. New enhancements include: typing indicators, real-time likes, the ability to easily add multiple coworkers to a conversation and more.
Office 365 Integration: We’ve also been hard at work laying the foundation for deeper integration between Yammer and Office 365. Right now we’re focused on user mapping between Yammer and Office 365 (Office 365 users will be able to seamlessly access Yammer from their Office 365 navigation bar) and deepening connections across documents and conversations.
The Office 365 integration is the big one for me – right now, if you activate Yammer as your default newsfeed in Office 365, all it does is replace your Newsfeed link at the top of the page with a link that takes you to the Yammer website. Once the feed is integrated more tightly and accounts mapped accordingly, I think Yammer is going to get a lot more exciting in Office 365.
Activating Yammer in Office 365
To activate Yammer as the default newsfeed in Office 365, go to the SharePoint admin center, and click on settings: Choose use Yammer.com service as your default social experience, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save.
Don’t forget that clicking that link will still just take you to Yammer.com, but don’t worry… at the speed that Microsoft is rolling out these changes, it’ll be woven in to your Office 365 experience soon enough – enjoy!