Microsoft adds Yammer to more Office 365 editions

After bundling it with Office 365 Enterprise plans, Microsoft is now adding it to school and midsize business editions

Microsoft will bundle Yammer with more editions of Office 365, adding the enterprise social-networking product to the suite's editions for schools and midsize businesses.

Existing subscribers of Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plans will get licenses for Yammer's Enterprise edition at no additional cost, the company said Monday.

"Midsized companies are always looking for ways to increase revenue, and schools are under increasing pressure to do more with less," Jared Spataro, general manager of enterprise social at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

The move follows a similar one from back in November when Microsoft threw the ESN product into all Office 365 Enterprise plans.

In addition, Microsoft is removing the requirement for Midsize Business and Education plan subscribers to pay for Yammer Enterprise licenses for users of their Yammer-based extranets.

"This simple licensing change significantly reduces the friction in cross-organization collaboration and will enable your users to work with customers, partners, and parents and students without having to worry about additional costs," he wrote.

Yammer's cloud-hosted ESN software lets organizations set up intranets and extranets where users, whether they be employees, customers, partners or students, can have personal profiles with activity streams, share files, participate in discussion forums, microblog, and engage in other Facebook- and Twitter-like activities tailored for workplace interaction.

Microsoft bought the then-privately held Yammer for US$1.2 billion in mid-2012, betting that ESN software will become an essential part of enterprise collaboration, communication and productivity stacks.

However, there are questions as to how effective ESN deployments really are, due to poorly planned rollouts. For example, Gartner predicts that through 2015, 80 percent of social business efforts will not achieve their intended benefits due to inadequate leadership and an overemphasis on technology.

Office 365 Midsize Business costs US$15 per user/month, and there are three editions of Office 365 Education: A2 is free, A3 costs $2.50 per student/month and $4.50 per faculty or staff/month, while A4 is $3 per student/month and $6 per faculty or staff/month.

These Office 365 plans include online versions of Exchange, Lync and SharePoint, as well as OneDrive for Business cloud storage. With the exception of the free Office 365 Education plan, the others also include full-featured Office productivity apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

If bought as a stand-alone product, Yammer Enterprise costs $3 per user/month.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Microsoftcollaborationsoftwareapplications

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?