Office 365 Enterprise Gets Yammered
A licensing change helps Microsoft's enterprise social network and its cloud-enabled Office productivity suite grow even closer.Continuing to blur the line between its productivity software and enterprise social networking tech, Microsoft has announced that all Office 365 Enterprise customers are now also entitled to licenses of Yammer Enterprise. It's not the first time Microsoft has bundled Yammer with Office 365. In March, the company began including Yammer Enterprise for customers enrolled in the Enterprise Agreement flavor of Office 365 Enterprise, reminded Jared Spataro, general manager of Microsoft Office, in a Nov. 6 blog post. "As part of this update, all existing Office 365 Enterprise plan customers will receive licenses for Yammer Enterprise," he added. Since acquiring Yammer in June 2012 for $1.2 billion, Microsoft has been steadily pushing for deeper integration between the software-as-a-service (SaaS)-delivered social business platform and its increasingly cloud-enabled Office software platform. "With our teams in Redmond and San Francisco working together, we're in a unique position to literally reshape the way people collaborate and communicate," said Spataro. In June, Yammer disclosed an ambitious road map that includes SharePoint search integration, enabling the collaboration platform to search Yammer conversations. Microsoft has since introduced new features that not only enable Office and Yammer to work more harmoniously, but also embrace non-Yammer users.
Acknowledging that it may take time for email users to jump on the social bandwagon, the company has made it easier for colleagues to participate in Yammer group discussions via email and without having to set up a Yammer account. New collaboration options include the ability to use Office files stored on SkyDrive as springboards to Yammer discussions.