Yammer gets more social with new Ticker, Pages, Files features

Yammer spruces up and gets more social with a news ticker and collaborative editing tools.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Yammer is furthering how social its platform can be for the enterprise with three new features designed to boost collaboration on work projects.

The first and foremost is the Ticker, which is a news feed in real-time that displays what co-workers are doing on their enterprise applications. This ticker can be picked up and viewed on Yammer as well as third-party applications, making it much faster for team members to find information relevant to them.

For example, Box.net CEO Aaron Levie explained that Yammer Ticker can be integrated onto Box's open platform, allowing customers to get data and information from any application they use for further collaboration.

"We want to provide the easiest way to share, manage and accesses business information from any location, device or service," said Levie, "Just as with our personal lives, social activity streams in the enterprise -- like Yammer -- are causing today's organizations to become more connected and collaborative than ever before."

Some of the other integration partners include Zendesk and TripIt, the latter of which is also being integrated on Salesforce Chatter to keep colleagues posted on upcoming travel plans.

The second new function is Pages. Although it sounds like a new product from Google+, this type of Pages is a bit different -- although it does seem reminiscent of Google Wave, but hopefully better.

Basically, users can use Yammer Pages combines real-time collaboration on document editing with Yammer's social communication tools. Enterprise users can compile meeting notes, brainstorm ideas, draft content, etc. All of this can be social discoverable (or not, if you choose) company-wide.

Finally, there's Files, which is a bit similar to Pages, except this is really just more of a file-sharing and viewing tool. Yammer Files enables users to quickly share new or previously uploaded files in the context of projects, keep track of file versions, and integrate files with existing content management systems.

Activity from Yammer Files can also be transferred over to update on Yammer Ticker.


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