Microsoft Activates Yammer for All Office 365 Business Customers
Yammer on. Soon, all businesses with an Office 365 subscription can access the company's enterprise social networking platform.Yammer, the business-focused social platform Microsoft acquired in 2012 for over $1.2 billion, is now standard issue with Office 365. "Today, I'm excited to announce that we are activating Yammer for every eligible Office 365 tenant—new and existing—without requiring additional action on the part of admins," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office. "This allows all Office 365 customers to gain the full benefits of Yammer. It also marks the culmination of our foundational efforts—including moving Yammer into Microsoft managed datacenters and undertaking identity work with Azure Active Directory—to bring Yammer fully into Office 365." Microsoft began chipping away at the walls that separated its Office ecosystem and Yammer nearly three years ago. During a Yammer on Tour event in April 2013, the company revealed some early technology integrations, including in-browser Office document editing within Yammer and instant one-click translation services in Yammer feeds, courtesy of Microsoft's Translator technology. Now, Microsoft is turning on Yammer for Office 365 business customers in a staggered rollout.
According to the company's FAQ, new Office 365 subscribers will have Yammer functionality enabled immediately. During three waves, the last of which kicks off on April 1, Microsoft is activating Yammer on business plans with fewer than 150 seats and working its way up customers with over 5,000 licenses. Schools will also need to wait until at least April 1.