Microsoft’s Yammer team today announced a neat feature that will combine the email experience into Yammer. If you are the one who keeps switching between Yammer and email to communicate with everyone in your company, then this a great news for you. There are two new email features for Yammer, Loop in Non-Yammer Users and Forward Emails into Yammer. Loop in Non-Yammer Users Need someone to chime in on a Yammer conversation, but they don’t happen to be a Yammer user? No problem – now you can include anyone in your organization in a Yammer discussion. Simply begin typing their email address into the CC bar of any message, and that coworker will receive a notification email alerting them of the Yammer conversation. They’ll be able to respond to your message simply by replying to the email – their message will be posted back to the relevant Yammer discussion. Of ...

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In a large organization there are many individuals who may have valuable information, however, this information may not be getting to the write people. In a new survey commissioned by Microsoft, the solution to this problem has been found: Social Technology Adam Pisoni, Microsoft’s general manager of Yammer believes “Social is moving from a nice-to-have tool to a necessity in the workplace. As all companies are faced with the increasing pace of change, they need to leverage the ypower and knowledge of employees more than their current technologies allow. Just as email accelerated business in the 90s, social tools are driving a faster flow of knowledge and information within and across organizations.” There are now enterprise equivalents of Facebook, Twitter, etc., just for the workplace. These services can allow employees to privately share files, messages, ideas and more. These tools can help employees be more productive. With Yammer Microsoft is ...

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SOCIAL NETWORK NOTIFICATIONS FOR EXTERNAL UPDATES In embodiments, various technologies for notifying users of a social network service of updates to services external to the social network service by members of the social network are described. An indication that a member of a social network service made an update to an external service can be received. Then, at least one additional member associated with the member in the social network service can be notified of the update to the external service. The external service may include typical web services, such as a blogging service, a video sharing service, or a photo sharing service. SOCIAL NETWORK REWARDS Social network reward techniques are described. In an implementation, a method implemented by at least one computing device includes obtaining data that describes users’ interaction with a social network service and determining influence of one or more said users on other said users via ...

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MSR is working on a project which lets brands or companies to find the social news about them. Imagine you are owning a brand and you want to keep yourself updated with the public perception of your brand, then this MSR’s project will help you to do the same in single page. Description from Microsoft Research: Today if you wanted to find information about your company you would do a search, look at Twitter, find the Facebook page, check a financial site, and build a list of competitors and do it again for each. Once you’ve done all that work then you need to share the output. Of course the report is immediately out of date when all the data changes tomorrow. Social News Search for Companies identifies relevant content from real time news sources; and then provides rich collaborative tools for users Searchable social news pages for top companies ...

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