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Yammer announces first major upgrades since Microsoft acquisition

15th Aug 2012
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Yammer has announced the first big updates to the enterprise social network since Microsoft acquired the firm in June.

Designed to improve the user experience and discoverability of people, content and conversations, the first new feature is Inbox, which aggregates @ mentions, group announcements, private messages and conversations within one place, and is also accessible on iOS and Android.  

The company also launched a new homepage which highlights the files and pages most actively shared, provides fast access to official content such as HR policies and pins announcements above the feed when unread.

Additionally, the new Online Now feature allows users to see who is available whilst the redesigned navigation capabilities provide quick access to people, content and third-party applications.

Yammer is also now integrated into the social media management platform Hootsuite, enabling users to post updates, attachments and search for content within the API. Other integrations include Get Satisfation, FuzeBox, Bevalley, If This Then That (IFTTT), Mindflash, Mindjet, and Zapier.

David Sacks, founder and CEO of Yammer, said: “This is our most significant release yet, and demonstrates Yammer's continuing commitment to rapid innovation. The team is doing the best work it's ever done, and thanks to added design resources, we have completely updated the site's look, navigation and many of its interaction models.

“Enterprises are experiencing transformative results with Yammer, and today's announcement provides companies with an even deeper justification for adopting Enterprise Social Networking to get work done.”

When Microsoft acquired Yammer for $1.2bn in June earlier this year, industry experts told what the deal meant for social business.  


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