Microsoft updates Yammer for iOS, Android with new mobile collaboration features

Microsoft's Yammer enterprise social-networking team is rolling out new capabilities for Yammer on iOS, OS X and Android devices.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft's Yammer enterprise social-networking team is among the fastest of the fast-track teams at the company, delivering "weekly enhancements" to the Yammer mobile applications for iOS and Android.

On February 3, the team blogged about "a new round of innovations" (which may mean more important or noteworthy updates) that are rolling out for Yammer on iOS and Android.

On iOS, the Yammer team introduced "Handoff," a feature designed to allow users to swipe screens to transition across Apple phones, tablets and PCs running iOS and Mac OS X Yosemite.

On Android, Microsoft announced Yammer support for Android Wear. Users can "like" team messages or reply using voice commands on Android wearable watches/devices. "Liking" posts directly from the redesigned Yammer notifications for iOS and Android, both, is now possible.

The team cited other enhancements for the two platforms, such as notifications roll-up by threads and the ability to flesh the LED on Android phones to announce incoming Yammer notifications.

Yes, Windows and Windows Phone fans: There were no announcements this week of new Yammer features for Windows on phones, tablets or PCs. But a Microsoft spokesperson said news about Yammer on Windows 10 would be coming "soon."

In related news this week, Microsoft officials also announced that the company has hired a former Adobe vice president to work on the Applications and Services Group (ASG) at Microsoft to help make-over the UI across many of Microsoft's cross-platform software products and services.

Newly-minted ASG Corporate Vice President Michael Gough, who led a number of design initiatives at Adobe, will be spearheading work to create a unified design language/style to Office 365, Skype, Bing, Yammer, Exchange, MSN and other products and services. He will report to Corporate Vice President Julie Larson-Green.

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