Office 365 customers can now replace SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer

Microsoft has taken the first step in its integration roadmap for SharePoint and Yammer, allowing Office 365 customers to replace SharePoint Online's activity stream with Yammer's.

To-do software goes from ugly duckling to white swan

Long considered old-school tools with no place in shiny corporate social collaboration suites, to-do software is making a comeback with a new air of cool about it and renewed appreciation from enterprise IT. preps intranet app plans to ship in the second half of the year a hosted application for companies to create intranets that are accessible via mobile devices and that offer enterprise social networking (ESN) capabilities to employees.

Start menu isn't back in Win 8.1, but some key features are

Microsoft customers clamoring for the incorporation of the Start button and menu into Windows 8 will get their wish partially fulfilled in the upcoming update of the OS.

Google takes yet another crack at taming email overload

Google is kicking off its latest effort to help Gmail users manage their messages -- a redesigned inbox.

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Lync-Skype integration live now worldwide

Microsoft has completed the first phase of the integration between its enterprise unified communications (UC) Lync server and its Skype consumer IM and IP telephony network.

Google defends its use of proprietary tech in Hangouts

Weak XMPP support and capabilities prompted Google to use proprietary technology in its Hangouts video chat application, the company says in response to recent criticism.

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Google tests enhanced notifications in Chrome browser

Google has released a beta version of Chrome that introduces what the company describes as "richer" notifications from the browser's apps and extensions.

Box buys iOS app to improve its own

Box has acquired an unreleased application called Folders, designed to give iPhone and iPad users a mobile front-end interface for the cloud storage and file management and sharing service as well as for competitors Google Drive and Dropbox.

Jive's Producteev task management app now free for unlimited users

Jive Software has eliminated the limit on the number of people who can use its social task management application Producteev for free within a company.

Google I/O's Apps news was low-key but significant

Apps, Google's flagship product for enterprise tech, played a minor role at this week's I/O developer conference, but some announcements at the show and in prior weeks deserve attention from customers of the cloud email and collaboration suite.

Jive Software adds integration tool for its enterprise social platform

Jive Software has released an add-on to its enterprise social networking (ESN) software that automates and simplifies the process of integrating Jive's suite with third-party systems.

Windows 8 won't hit critical mass in enterprises, Forrester says

Windows 8, the most significant upgrade to Microsoft's operating system since Windows 95 and one of the most important products in the company's history, will not achieve enough adoption in enterprises to be considered a standard, according to Forrester Research. adds central file view to Chatter mobile app wants to simplify the way mobile users find, access and share files from its Chatter enterprise social networking (ESN) application.

Windows Blue will be free upgrade for Windows 8 customers

Microsoft's Windows 8 update, code-named Windows Blue, will be formally released as Windows 8.1 and will be free for customers who have the new OS installed.