Sharepoint vs Yammer


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Sharepoint
SharePoint's multi-purpose platform allows for managing and provisioning of intranet portals, extranets and websites, document management and file management, collaboration spaces, social networking tools, enterprise search, business intelligence tooling, process/information integration, and third-party developed solutions. SharePoint can also be used as a web application development platform. SharePoint alternatives for small business are: Office 365, Box, G Suite, Zoho. There are also free open-source alternatives to Sharepoint - Alfresco, Nuxeo, Liferay Portal.
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Yammer
Yammer is revolutionizing internal corporate communications by bringing together all of a company’s employees inside a private and secure enterprise social network. Although Yammer is as easy to use as alternative consumer products like Facebook or Twitter, it is enterprise-class software built from the ground up to drive business objectives.
Comparing Sharepoint vs Yammer is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Yammer has better video than Sharepoint



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Yammer has more user-friendly interface than Sharepoint because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Sharepoint is more popular than Yammer

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- SharePoint 2016 finally added SharePoint Framework Support (in 2017)
- SharePoint Framework is generally available (in 2017)
- Microsoft retired Yammer as stand-alone service (in 2017)
- Microsoft connects SharePoint Team Sites to Office 365 Groups (in 2016)
- Microsoft released SharePoint for Android (in 2016)
- Microsoft brings SharePoint to iOS (in 2016)
- SharePoint adds new document libraries (in 2016)
- Yammer now allows to create External groups (in 2016)
- Yammer adds conversations to OneDrive and SharePoint Online files (in 2014)
- Microsoft social networks: Yammer vs SharePoint Newsfeed (in 2013)

Looks like Sharepoint was recently more active than Yammer (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Sharepoint and Yammer meet head to head:

2013 - Microsoft social networks: Yammer vs SharePoint Newsfeed


Last year, when Microsoft acquired Yammer (the service for building enterprise social networks), it already had own the own social network based on SharePoint (now it's called SharePoint Newsfeed). And that's OK, because Microsoft bought Yammer not for the engine, but for the customer base and the image of  social vendor. But now, it seems, Microsoft doesn't know what to do with two almost identical solutions. In June, Office 365 users got the opportunity to replace SharePoint Newsfeed to Yammer, and Microsoft continues to insist that Yammer - is its future and that soon Yammer will become the platform for all its business apps. But on the other hand SharePoint Newsfeed also continues to evolve. For example, today SharePoint Newsfeed app for Windows 8 has been launched. And it's very similar to Yammer app for Windows (guess where is what on the screenshots).


And earlier this spring SharePoint Newsfeed apps for Windows Phone and iPhone / iPad appeared.

The fact is that Yammer - is purely SaaS service, and for the companies that use local SharePoint server and aren't ready to move to SaaS, Newsfeed remains the primary solution. So, probably, the two Microsoft's social networks will co-exist for a long time.

2012 - SharePoint 2013 will integrate Yammer, provide platform around the online version


At the  SharePoint Conference 2012 Microsoft revealed some new facts about the upcoming SharePoint 2013. But nothing specific has been announced - just few promises. The exact release date is also still unknown. Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Office Division Kris Koenigsbauer promises a launch during the first fiscal quarter of 2013, which falls between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Now about the Yammer. As expected, Microsoft will integrate this social intranet service (acquired in June) into SharePoint. The integration will be done via Yammer Web Parts and Yammer Open Graph. Got it? And soon (Microsoft says) SharePoint will become a system "powered by Yammer". Ok, let's look what is the real sense of integration between SharePoint and Yammer.

The fact is that SharePoint 2013 has already own social intranet module. Look at the screenshot above - it's SharePoint 2013 without Yammer. It's social module may lack some features that are in Yammer, but it provieds enough social function for most users.

The main purpose of Yammer acquisition - was not buying the software engine or the development team, but a) the Yammer's customer client (85% of the Fortune 500 companies), b) removing the strong competitor, c) the reputation of social vendor. So now Microsoft just needs to connect brands Yammer and SharePoint and gradually transfer the Yammer users to SharePoint. So, we shouldn't expect any revolutional product from Yammer-SharePoint integration. They'll write "powered by Yammer" in the bottom - and that will be enough.

What are the other interesting news about SharePoint 2013? First, Microsoft promised that it will (some day) allow developers to create add-ons for the online version of SharePoint, just as it works for the local version. Creating an online platform with an app store was super-promising affair a couple of years ago. Salesforce did it. But now it's may be too late for Microsoft.

Second, Microsoft promised to provide full mobile support for SharePoint. In addition to Windows Phone app, SharePoint will be (some day) accessible from Windows 8 tablets (Metro), iPhone and Android.

2012 - Microsoft buys Yammer to protect SharePoint


Of course, it wasn't a secret that Yammer (the service that invented social intranet) - is a successful startup. But no one could imagine how successful it is. Microsoft is buying Yammer for as much as $1.2 billion. Most likely, it's too big price, but Microsoft has to overpay in order to protect its flagship product - SharePoint. We have already noted that after the rapid start, SharePoint has stopped in development. And lately two threats for SharePoint have appeared. The first threat is called "DropBox for business" - the new class of tools that sync files between computers and mobile devices. And the second threat - are these solutions for building enterprise social networks (Chatter, Yammer, Socialcast, Jive, etc.). For the first threat Microsoft has an answer - SkyDrive, but the social component in SharePoint it very weak.

And the recent social promises of Jared Sparano (Senior Director, SharePoint Product Management) didn't add optimism: "we at Microsoft are carefully studying the opportunities of social networking technologies in the workspace and in the next version - SharePoint 2013 - these tools will be further developed."

Now Microsoft has Yammer. But will be they able to seamlessly integrate this SaaS service in SharePoint, or it will go the Skype's way - the history will show.