Tossing around a Microsoft Word doc for review via email is a long-gone practice.
Microsoft hopes document collaboration is that much easier in the enterprise with its release today of document conversations, a new enterprise social experience feature applied across Office 365. Microsoft announced the news in a blog post authored by Christophe Fiessinger, a group product manager on the enterprise social team.
Never Leave Your Doc
Microsoft said today's announcement plays off news from its SharePoint Conference 2014 in March when it announced new enterprise social experiences across Office 365.
Document conversations embed the social collaboration capabilities of Yammer into the Office apps, according to Microsoft's Fiessinger.
"Get ready for a new, simple way to collaborate on the content you produce with Office Online and store in the cloud in SharePoint Online or OneDrive for business," he wrote. "Document conversations enable people to share their ideas and expertise around Office documents, images and videos right from within the content they are editing or reviewing."
Conversations about documents can happen even outside your document, on your mobile device, in Microsoft Dynamics CRM or any app where a Yammer feed is embedded.
How It Works
Users that open files in browsers from their cloud store get a picture of their file on the left with a contextual Yammer conversation in a pane on the right. Users can join conversations from the Yammer pane, post a message, @mention coworkers and publish to a Yammer group.
Users inside of Yammer can also jump into documents from the cloud location in which it lives. Only users who have permission to view or edit the file can open it.
For a quick demo, check out Microsoft's video:
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