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What's New in SharePoint 2013 and Yammer for Social Software, and Should You Move to It?

Published: 13 March 2013

ID: G00248446

Analyst(s): Larry Cannell


Microsoft launched SharePoint 2013 with new social software features just months after acquiring the cloud-based social network site Yammer. This document assesses the company's integration plans and guides enterprises on what to do now that Microsoft offers competing social software solutions.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • The Future of Social Software in SharePoint Will Be Based on a Yammer Foundation
    • Yammer Also Brings a New Mindset to Microsoft
  • What Microsoft Says About Integration Plans
    • How Yammer Can Be Integrated With SharePoint 2013 Today
    • Immediate-Term Integration Plans
    • Long-Term Integration Opportunities
  • The Roles That Enterprises Should Expect SharePoint and Yammer to Play
    • Microsoft's Initial Differentiation of SharePoint and Yammer Is Superficial and Confusing
    • Both Products Facilitate Collaboration, but Each Has Distinct Strengths
    • Yammer Is a Personal-Productivity and Social Software Platform
    • SharePoint Is a Customizable Content Platform
  • Mapping Enterprise Social Software Workloads to Yammer or SharePoint
    • Social Software Workloads That Should Be Serviced by Yammer
    • Social Software Workloads That Should Be Serviced by SharePoint
    • Conflicting or Overlapping Workloads
  • Microsoft's New Social Software Platform's Impact on Different Audiences
    • Users
    • Administrators
    • Developers
  • To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade to SharePoint 2013?
    • This Is Not the Time to Re-evaluate the Enterprise Social Software Market
  • Strengths
    • Microsoft Is No Longer Playing Social Software Catch-Up
    • Microsoft Can Now Focus on Improving SharePoint's Strengths
    • Open Graph Strengthens Office's Productivity Layer
  • Weaknesses
    • Microsoft Has Not Clearly Differentiated SharePoint and Yammer
    • SharePoint Is Still Not a Competitive On-Premises Social Network Site
    • This Is a Big Change for the Microsoft Office Server Team
    • This Is a Big Change for the Yammer Team
  • Look Beyond Technology to Be Successful With Social Software
  • Do Not Assume That Microsoft Will Stabilize the Social Software Market
  • Choose Yammer Over SharePoint for Social Software
  • Use SharePoint 2013's Collaborative Building Blocks Where Appropriate

The Details

  • There Is No Difference Between the Goals of Enterprise "Social" and "Collaboration" Technologies
  • Single Sign-On vs. Server-to-Server Identity Integration
  • Open Graph, OpenSocial and Business Application Integration
  • SharePoint 2013's Social Software Improvements
    • A New Personal Site and Social Network (Activity Stream) Experience
    • New Community Templates and Changes to Team Site Templates
    • Task Management
    • SharePoint Lists and Applications
    • Workflow

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