Microsoft updates enterprise social road map, highlights momentum on Yammer acquisition anniversary

 Microsoft updates enterprise social road map, highlights momentum on Yammer
                           acquisition anniversary

Microsoft delivers on its enterprise social vision with accelerating user,
customer and engagement growth.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., June 25, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks one year since
Microsoft Corp. announced its acquisition of Yammer, the leading provider of
enterprise social networks. Since the acquisition, Microsoft's enterprise
social momentum has accelerated in all areas, including new users, paid
customers, user engagement, innovation, and the ecosystem of partners selling
and connecting to the Yammer platform.

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Twelve-month growth highlights include the following:

  oRegistered users have grown over 55 percent to nearly 8 million
  oPaid networks increased more than 200 percent year over year.
  oYammer user activity (i.e., messages, groups and files) has approximately
    doubled year over year.

"The continued boom in Yammer's growth is validation that enterprise social
represents an important trend in the way people want to share, learn and
connect at work, similar to how they're interacting in their personal lives,"
said David Sacks, Yammer co-founder and corporate vice president, Microsoft
Office Division. "During the past year, Yammer has unlocked new opportunities
to share the benefits of enterprise social through Microsoft's global sales
organization and product ties with key communication, collaboration and cloud
productivity offerings, such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics
CRM. We see nothing but continued potential in enterprise social as a
cornerstone of the future of work."

For more information about Sacks' perspective on the successes of the past
year, see his post today on the Official Microsoft blog.

Customers and partners bet on Yammer

As more organizations embrace the benefits of enterprise social solutions,
customers such as Manhattan Associates are seeing tangible return in areas
like greater cross-functional collaboration and communication, improved
customer response times, and increased business agility. Other customers, such
as Electronic Arts, which is just getting started with Yammer, are excited for
the opportunity to create more cross-functional collaboration and open
communication within their organizations.

"Enterprise social has transformed how we work, breaking down organizational
siloes, making us more open and collaborative, and enabling us to be more
responsive to our customers," said Dawn Gartin, collaboration manager,
Manhattan Associates Inc. "As both a Microsoft SharePoint and Yammer customer,
we're excited about Microsoft's vision and how the products are coming
together to offer one uniform social experience, which, for us, is the key to
getting work done."

Partners also continue to invest in Yammer, connecting third-party
applications to Yammer that add line-of-business capabilities and additional
value for organizations using Yammer. The number of partners in Yammer's App
Directory has nearly doubled since its launch in October 2012, and the number
of developers building on Yammer has increased more than 70 percent.

Yammer today announced integration with online influence tool Klout, which
allows Yammer users to publish their public Klout scores and expertise
directly on their Yammer profiles. In addition, Yammer administrators can
elect to turn on a deeper integration with Klout to produce internal,
Yammer-specific Klout scores for employees based on their activity within a
company's Yammer network.

More information on the growth of the Yammer partner ecosystem is available on
today's Yammer blog post.

Advancing the enterprise social road map

During the past year, Yammer has continued to make significant product
updates, including message translation capabilities, improvements to file
collaboration, platform updates such as embeddable feeds and the Like and
Follow buttons, and continued development on various mobile platforms.

Yammer also continues to deliver on its outlined strategy to provide a social
layer across Microsoft Office and third-party applications. Microsoft believes
that, in order for social to become truly mainstream in the workplace, it
needs to be a part of the applications people use every day. To deliver on
that vision and past roadmap announcements, Microsoft is delivering
interoperability with Office 365 with these newly released features:

  oYammer newsfeed for SharePoint Online and Office 365. Yammer now works
    even more deeply and seamlessly with Office 365 and SharePoint Online,
    allowing customers to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer.
  oNew Yammer application in Office Store. Available by the end of June in
    the Office Store, the Yammer application will allow customers to easily
    embed Yammer group feeds into SharePoint sites, creating a connection
    between groups and sites to deliver the best of Yammer and SharePoint.

In the coming months, Microsoft will release a number of Yammer, SharePoint
and Office 365 updates to deepen connections between the services and enable
greater collaboration. Although Microsoft has already talked about delivering
an improved user experience and single sign-on, new planned features include
advancements in search and email:

  oImproved email interoperability. New capabilities will make it easier for
    users to follow and participate in conversations across Yammer and
    email.
  oExpanded Yammer messaging and external communication. Expanded
    functionality helps meet everyday communications requirements, such as
    seamless external communication and enhancing real-time directed
    messaging.
  oSharePoint search integration. Integrated search makes it easier to find
    information across Yammer and SharePoint quickly.

Microsoft will use its rapid development approach to provide ongoing
enhancements to create connected experiences across Office 365 that combine
social, collaboration, email, instant messaging, voice, video and
line-of-business applications in innovative new ways. More details on the
Office 365 and Yammer integration road map are provided in a blog post today
from Jared Spataro.

About Yammer

Yammer (www.yammer.com) is a best-in-class Enterprise Social Network used by
more than 200,000 organizations worldwide — including approximately 85 percent
of the Fortune 500 — to foster team collaboration, empower employees, drive
business agility and promote organizational connectedness. Yammer's freemium
business model lets customers see the value of Yammer before upgrading to the
premium offering. Founded in 2008, Yammer is now part of the Microsoft Office
Division.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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