Office 365 Connectors Track Tweets, Scan Salesforce
Now customers can use Office Groups to collaborate over information from popular third-party services and apps, including Salesforce, Twitter and GitHub.Office Groups can spark conversations using information pulled from Twitter, Salesforce and other popular services. Microsoft has begun rolling out Office 365 Connectors, software that enables business customers to link their third-party apps with their Office Groups. The connectors deliver updates and content from those apps into shared Office Groups inboxes, providing an interactive hub for team-based collaboration. Launched in 2014, Office Groups is a social collaboration feature inspired by Yammer Groups. Once gathered, members can chat, share files, jointly edit Office documents and schedule events that sync with their calendars. (Microsoft acquired Yammer, the popular enterprise social networking service, in 2012 for $1.28 billion.) The software giant has been steadily enhancing Office Groups with more enterprise-grade functionality, including e-discovery support and rule-based memberships that integrate with Azure Active Directory premium to automatically configure groups as employees move between projects and departments. Now, Office Group users can work together on information from other, third-party app providers.
"Whether you are tracking a Twitter feed, managing a project with Trello or watching the latest news headlines with Bing—Office 365 Connectors surfaces all the information you care about in the Office 365 Groups shared inbox, so you can easily collaborate with others and interact with the updates as they happen," wrote Sonal Pardeshi, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft Office 365, in a blog post.