As Microsoft’s software kingdom grows, some of its programs need to change to grow with it. One such program that is seeing some updating is SharePoint. As of late, Microsoft has been discontinuing some of the lesser used features from SharePoint Online in the hopes to enhance the way developers build mobile apps, integrate email and Yammer’s collaboration tools.
For those unfamiliar with Yammer, it is a cloud-based business related social networking system—it’s an internal Facebook for business collaboration.
What has Microsoft Trimmed?
Some of the features that Microsoft has (or will) trimmed include making changes to Outlook (by taking away the Tasks and Sync options) and by removing Notes and Tags from SharePoint Online. The problem with this move is many companies who are using SharePoint Online may not be ready for such changes.
Microsoft recommends that these companies should employ Yammer to network.
For companies who are currently using SharePoint Online, don’t fear. SharePoint’s newsfeed is still available for allowing colleagues to collaborate amongst themselves on projects. Microsoft experts suggest that eventually Yammer will be the standard.
In SharePoint Online, Notes was a way for colleagues to pass messages and/or to comment on their work. Tags worked like Word’s track changes. Tasks worked to allow colleagues to build projects together and assign different parts of projects to colleagues’ calendars.
Microsoft decided to use Yammer for collaborations because it is a pure cloud solution, not to mention that Yammer and Office 365 have become the heart of Microsoft’s idea of what a social enterprise will be for years to come. Nevertheless, the fact that Yammer is a pure version of cloud computing, companies have shown concern and are being cautious about fully taking advantage of all the cloud has to offer—especially in the form of using it for communications.
What’s New to Yammer
To make Yammer even more useful, Microsoft has begun making improvements in how it works in the mobile sphere. This includes making Yammer’s iPad app stronger (better working), tweaking how it works with Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. In addition, Microsoft updated how Yammer works with email in order to allow those without Yammer accounts to communicate through email alone.
Microsoft also added a Share button to Yammer. This button allows users to instantly share information online with other Yammer users through pop ups. According to Yammer, this is done using a code found on Yammer’s Developer Center and requires no registration.
In order to ensure that users can always accomplish the jobs they need to, Microsoft will continue to make edits to its software. The best way to keep your business up-to-date on all of the new features of Microsoft is to visit Innovative Architects. Our blog and in our knowledge center provides all the information you and your business need regarding Microsoft, SharePoint, cloud computing and more.