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November 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Office gets some new features

Microsoft announced several updates to Office that bring the following features:  Office Web Apps now automatically saves in the Word Web App and allows for real-time co-authoring in the Word, PowerPoint and Excel Web Apps.  Yammer Enterprise is now being included on all Office 365 Enterprise plans, rather than just in the top-end enterprise SKUs. And all…


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June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Microsoft touts Yammer growth a year after announcing its acquisition

There are some acquisitions that haven’t worked out quite so well for Microsoft: aQuantive and Danger, to name two.

And then there are the acquisitions Microsoft can’t stop boasting about.

About two months after it last touted the “tremendous” momentum of Yammer, Microsoft  is again trumpeting the gains of the San Francisco-based business social networking and collaboration startup.


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May 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Microsoft: Social at work is not a time waster — if done right

Microsoft’s big bet last year, when it acquired corporate social networking and content collaboration company Yammer, was that social tools would become a big part of doing business.

And while its use certainly seems to be increasing — and Microsoft seems to feel very good about how the acquisition is working out, given the updates it provides on Yammer’s momentum — there’s still the lingering notion that social saps productivity.

So Microsoft commissioned a survey to find out what workers really think about social in the workplace.


A Microsoft-commissioned study on social tools in the workplace shows gender and age differences in how much workers think social tools have increased their productivity. (Infographic from Microsoft)

The results of the survey of nearly 10,000 information workers in 32 countries, conducted by research firm Ipsos, are being released today.

Unsurprisingly, the findings could be helpful to Microsoft as it sells its offerings that feature integrated Yammer capabilities. But the survey also turns up some interesting findings about the way businesses and workers are using — and regarding — social tools these days.


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May 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Microsoft says Yammer momentum is “tremendous”

Yammer, the corporate social networking and content collaboration company that Microsoft acquired for $1.2 billion last summer, has seen “tremendous” momentum, according to Microsoft. Microsoft said in an official blog post today that Yammer sales grew 259 percent year-over-year in Microsoft’s  third quarter, which ended last month, and that Yammer gained 312 new corporations as…


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February 20, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Yammer touts record year

Yammer today is touting record growth in 2012 — but given that it was founded in 2008, it doesn’t have a long history to compete with. Yammer, which provides social-networking and content-collaboration tools for businesses, was acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion in June. It is now part of Microsoft’s Office division. According to Microsoft, Yammer now has…


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