Enterprise social networking software, which offers social media capabilities
adapted for workplace collaboration like employee profiles, activity streams,
microblogging and document sharing, has evolved from a “nice to have” to a
“should have” status in enterprises.
Picking up on that shift, Microsoft plunked down more than $1 billion last
summer to buy Yammer—at the time a leading independent provider of ESN
software—in order to boost ESN capabilities primarily in its collaboration
server SharePoint and also in other products like Office, Lync, Outlook and
While Microsoft has been busy working on integrating Yammer with SharePoint
behind the scenes, it’s now clear that the effort is complex and that a fusion
of the products will take at least two more years to complete.
For now, the integration deliverables will be modest. Microsoft said in March
that Office 365 customers will get the option this summer to replace
SharePoint Online’s activity-stream component with Yammer’s activity stream.
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