Here's a breakdown of the new features:
- Notifications: Users can keep track of important messages and conversations happening within SharePoint.
- Profile sync: Allows users to import profile information from SharePoint into Yammer.
- Posting documents+: In addition to documents, users may post other list items such as calendar events and tasks from SharePoint to their Yammer feed.
- Light embeddable feeds: Now it's easier for customers to disperse simple versions of the Yammer feed across numerous SharePoint pages.
The improvements add to previously offered capabilities of the Yammer SharePoint Web Part, which was initially unveiled last summer. Essentially, by working together Yammer users can collaborate away without leaving the SharePoint environment:
"Adding a social layer to SharePoint drives engagement and enables users to instantly communicate about critical content and business issues," explained David Sacks, founder and CEO at Yammer. "With this new, deeper integration, SharePoint and Yammer work together to provide enterprise customers with the ultimate collaboration experience."
Moreover, it's a key integration for Microsoft. Last year, Jed Cawthorne talked about SharePoint 2010's shortcomings, labeling consumer social media products as one.
"Base SP2010 does not really provide what most people would consider microblogging," he wrote. "It does offer a way of communication by leaving messages on individual users Noteboard’s — very reminiscent of leaving someone a message on their Facebook ‘Wall’."
Yammer SharePoint 3.0 is included in the platform's premium offering (US$ 5/user/month) and will be available in Q3 of this year.