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Office Graph From a Partner's Perspective

2014-17-October-Sidecar.jpgWhen Microsoft showcased the power of Office Graph through Project Oslo, the Microsoft partner community collectively wondered about extensibility and API access. But as with many Microsoft products, it will take the greater partner community to push Office Graph into the mainstream.

To explore this dynamic, I spoke with Yaacov Cohen, CEO of, to discuss the Microsoft Office Graph reveal and how it will impact the Silicon Valley-based software developer and its product line.

Microsoft Tightens the Reins on Office 365

Companies are still signing up for Yammer — despite the fact that user adoption remains a problem. 

In fact, according to Yammer co-founder David Sacks, the British grocery retailing giant Tesco has just inked a 250, 000 seat deal with Yammer. The information was contained in a memo from Sacks to Microsoft employees.

Sacks announced on Twitter late last week that he is leaving Microsoft, but did not specify why.

The Problem With Yammer? People Don't Use It


Yammer is being promoted as the new social layer of SharePoint. But Microsoft is also tying it tightly into Office 365. In the past two weeks, this has resulted in the packaging of Yammer with Office 365 small business plans, while the price of Office 365 is also about to be slashed.

There are problems with Yammer. But the problem lies not the product itself.

According to David Lavenda, vice president of product strategy at, the real problem is that many people who have access to it just won’t use it — or any other social network for that matter. Debuts Combined Office 365, Yammer, SharePoint Mobile App Debuts Combined Office 365, Yammer + SharePoint Mobile AppMicrosoft still hasn't produced an Office app for the iPad, so partners like have been left to fill in the mobile Office holes. Now, has taken the next step by releasing a combined Office 365, Yammer and SharePoint app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. Offers Android App For Office 365, Says BYOD Is Failing says BYOD strategies are failing. This is how it helps resolve that challenge. 4.0 Means (Mobile) Business for Office 365


Today, brings Office 365 to the mobile enterprise. With 4.0 for mobile devices, companies can be afforded the security and offline support for Office 365 file sharing, as well as complete access to SharePoint, Yammer and Office apps. Offers BlackBerry 10 Access To SharePoint, Office 365 is giving BlackBerry 10 users access to Office 365 and SharePoint both online and offline.

Altimeter: How 4 Leading Brands Scale Social Business

Social business is a complex process by nature, and a constantly growing number of variables are magnifying that complexity. In a new report, Altimeter Research uses case studies to demonstrate how several well-known brands are managing factors such as individual customer conversations and locations to maximize the effectiveness of their social business initiatives. Unveils Top 25 Online SharePoint Influencers for 2012

Today, announced its list of the Top 25 online SharePoint Influencers. This second annual list brings together bloggers, writers and other industry professionals who have made a substantial impact on the SharePoint industry. Connect for SharePoint Aims to Cross Platforms, Devices

Enterprise workflow integration specialist is releasing Connect for SharePoint, a collaboration tool designed to create a single, unified user experience that crosses not only multiple devices but also the Microsoft and Apple platforms. Releases Social Add-On for Office 2013, Connecting Outlook & SharePoint

Social software provider is capitalizing on all the buzz created by the customer preview of the Microsoft Office 2013 release. The company has announced for SharePoint 1.0. The new software allows users to access SharePoint’s collaboration features without leaving their email client. Highlights Mobile, Social Workforce at #info360, we’re live from info360 in New York. As we make our way through the many keynotes, sessions and exhibits, there are many trends we look forward to investigating, including the social workplace, the mobile workforce and how to manage all the information in-between.

Here's VP Marketing and Product Strategy, David Lavenda, discussing the results of a recent survey on mobile workers:

Gartner's Cool Vendors in Collaboration, Social Software:, MangoApps Listed

It may be hard to imagine an ultrahip jazz maestro like the late Miles Davis immersing himself in the world of social software and collaboration, but according to a new report from Gartner, some pretty cool things are happening in this space. In "Cool Vendors in Social Software and Collaboration", Gartner identifies, MangoApps, Podio, Social Intelligence, and SocialLogix as being among a "broader set of interesting vendors to watch in social software and collaboration". Offers New Mobile SharePoint App for Apple iPad, the enterprise workflow integration specialists, has debuted a new mobile SharePoint iPad app, and the company promises a full mobile device management offering by the end of June.

Document Mgt Roll-up: TIS? Intelligent Capture, SMBs Battle Document Overload

This week, Accusoft upgrades Connect v5, and IBM Connections in Outlook sidebar, Recall upgrades storage capabilities with ReQuest Web, TIS announces intelligent mobile document capture, while SMBs continue to fight document overload.

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