Corporate social networks

Updated: October 12, 2018

2018. Google+ for G Suite lives on and gets new features


While Google’s social network Google+ is closing for consumers, the business version will live on for the foreseeable future — and it’s getting a bunch of new features. Google+ for G Suite isn’t all that different from the Google+ for consumers, but its focus is very much on allowing users inside a company to easily share information. The new features that Google is announcing today give admins more tools for managing and reviewing posts, allow employees to tag content and provide better engagement metrics to posters. Tags now make it easy for employees to route content to everybody in the company, no matter which group they work in. G Suite customers who keep their reporting structure in the service will be able to provide analytics to employees so they can see how their posts are being viewed across the company and which teams engage most with them.


2018. Zoho Connect gets Projects integration, board templates


Zoho Connect, the platform for social collaboration, got Zoho Projects integration, so you can now convert your conversations into actions. You can create new tasks in Projects, directly from any of your Connect conversations, and start tracking their progress. You can also view and access tasks from all your Projects portals in Connect. Zoho Connect also got ShowTime integration to deliver your presentations and training. Another new feature - board templates - allow to simply pick any of your existing project boards and re-use them anytime you want.


2017. Microsoft retired Yammer as stand-alone service


Microsoft is replacing the stand-alone enterprise social network Yammer in favor of deeper levels of integration with Office 365 services. Last year Microsoft turned on Yammer by default for all eligible Office 365 customers. Since then, the vast majority of Yammer customers use it as part of an Office 365 subscription. The new customers that want to use Yammer will have to sign up for an eligible Office 365 plan. In a notice about Yammer, Microsoft explained it was "strengthening Yammer integration" with various Office 365 collaboration tools including SharePoint, OneNote and Planner.


2016. Facebook Workplace will open app store to compete with Slack


One of the success secrets of the super-popular collaboration service Slack is its ability to easily integrate third-party business apps. For example, it lets your team quickly discuss the new deal pulled from CRM system or process the new ticket that came from Helpdesk or add to discussion a customer that is using Skype. Facebook has found out this secret and now wants to replicate it in its new enterprise social network Workplace. For this they are launching a platform for developers that enables easy integration with other apps. Then these integrations will appear in the Workplace app store. For now the network features integration with Google's G Suite, Microsoft's cloud Active Directory and with single sign-on services Okta and OneLogin.


2015. Enterprise social network Convo released new mobile apps


A week after launching new web and Mac desktop applications, collaboration service Convo is releasing new versions of its mobile apps as well. The apps have been redesigned to reflect the same new look as the desktop apps. Other additions include an instant search capability, with results appearing as you type, improved sharing and a new in-app notification center. CEO Faizan Buzdar has said that the relaunches reflect an attempt to rebuild Convo “from the ground up,” and that the company would be bringing these changes to all its platforms.