Microsoft Rolling Out Yammer-Office Online Integration
The new social collaboration feature enables colleagues to have conversations that follow files stored on OneDrive and SharePoint Online.Microsoft is in the midst of rolling out a new feature, called document conversations, that enables Yammer users to collaborate on Office files in real-time. Document conversations is one of several capabilities that the company is implementing to align Office 365 and Yammer, according to Christophe Fiessinger, a group product manager on Microsoft's enterprise social team. Oslo, the upcoming Office Graph app, employs the relationship mapping concept pioneered by Yammer. Similarly, Yammer's Groups functionality is also headed to Office 365. Microsoft acquired Yammer in 2012 for $1.2 billion. The software giant has been bringing the Office and Yammer platforms closer together with a steady stream of updates since then. "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," Fiessinger said in a statement. The feature works with Office Online files that are opened in a browser and stored within the SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business cloud storage services.
The file displays on the left, while an expandable Yammer conversation pane sprouts from the right-hand side of the browser window. Real-time Yammer updates allow users to collaborate on a document and share ideas without refreshing their browsers. In addition, users can publish to Yammer Groups, "@mention" colleagues and post messages.