1 August 2012
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Microsoft + Yammer introduced a Facebook like Chat box

Some days ago Microsoft officially announced its move to buy Yammer and finally professional social network introduced a Facebook-like chat service.

The new feature sits on the bottom right side of the screen, allowing Yammer users to chat with others in their company network, in much the same way that Facebook users can reach pals on the social network.

The messages exchanged are still grouped under the ‘private messages’ tab, but they also roll out into a more convenient chat window.

As someone who has used Yammer, the addition of the chat feature addresses one significant pain point but, more interestingly, it could mark the start of greater things, once Microsoft-owned chat and video service Skype is integrated.

Yammer chat has been introduced quietly with no announcement, which may be due to the fact that the ink on the acquisition is barely dry and Yammer is in the process of being integrated into Microsoft. Equally, the Redmond-based giant has its hands full right now with its own pipeline of launches.

Yammer hinted that the chat feature was coming in a post on its feedback page last month, when a company representative said it would arrive “within the next month or so” – now the wait is over.


by “the Next Web”

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