Microsoft-owned Yammer pushes out new update

A month ago, Microsoft completed its acquisition of the business-themed social networking service Yammer. Microsoft paid a not-too-shabby $1.2 billion to integrate Yammer and its team in Microsoft's Office division. Now Yammer has revealed plans for a major new update for their services, the first under their new parent company.

As reported by Venture Beat, Yammer has now added a new Inbox, which serves as a replacement for the service's previous Private Messages feature. The new Inbox still allows its users to send private messages to each other but also lets them follow other chats, and prioritize which chats to check out.

Yammer has also added a way to show your fellow co-workers that you are online and, if need be, engage in chat conversations with them, much like how Facebook Messenger works in that service. Unlike Facebook, the new Yammer feature doesn't allow users to stay online but become "invisible" to co-workers.

Yammer has also added new app integrations as well, including support for HootSuite, FuzeBox and more. All of Yammer customers will be able to use these new features over the next two week, according to the company. The Yammer iOS app will also soon add the new Inbox feature but there's no word yet on when the Android Yammer app will get the same new feature.

Source: Venture Beat | Image via Yammer

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And you would go for Yammer instead of free and simple alternatives like Bitrix24 and others because ..? Somehow I have hard time believing that Yammer will get any better after Microsoft bought it.

Teebor said,
I still see private messages rather than inbox. I still don't get why companies want to use Yammer though

Cheaper than having to setup their own in-house system running on something like sharepoint and Lync would be my guess.

GP007 said,

Cheaper than having to setup their own in-house system running on something like sharepoint and Lync would be my guess.


Perhaps, but it also provides other benefits that the SP/OCS platform doesn't provide. My company uses all 3... Each used for slightly different reasons... Hopefully they all become better integrated.