Larry Cannell

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Microsoft is Selling Office Productivity in the Cloud, Are You Buying?

by Larry Cannell  |  June 25, 2014  |  Comments Off

Two years ago, when Microsoft launched their beta-preview of Office 2013, Microsoft told us they had developed this wave of Office products “cloud-first.” This meant that Microsoft first developed Office 365 and then refactored their code as installable software for use on a company’s servers running in their own datacenter. Three years earlier, Office 2010 [...]

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With Intranet and Workplace Products Going Cloud and Mobile, It’s a Consumerization Fait Accompli

by Larry Cannell  |  May 20, 2014  |  1 Comment

We’ve come full circle. Or rather, is IT simply surrounded and has no choice? Although workplace technologies and intranets have been available for years (with numerous success stories), they have not been the runaway hits that we hoped for. For example, how many of us like our company intranet, are happy with the amount of [...]

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My Top Three Social Software Sessions from SharePoint Conference 2014

by Larry Cannell  |  March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Although I did not attend this year’s SharePoint Conference, I spent (far too much) time over the weekend going through many of the slides and videos from the conference, which are now available on Channel9. Here are my top three social software sessions from the conference. I like these sessions because they either provide great advice around the tactics [...]

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Five Things We’ve Learned About Office and SharePoint Since Microsoft Acquired Yammer

by Larry Cannell  |  January 28, 2014  |  Comments Off

It’s been 18 months since Microsoft completed its acquisition of Yammer and a little over a year (about 14 months) since the company shared details of their plans at the 2012 SharePoint Conference. Nevertheless, based on the conversations I have with Gartner clients, many people are just now starting to realize how big of a change this acquisition [...]

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Is Google Getting Serious About Enterprise Social Networks?

by Larry Cannell  |  August 21, 2013  |  1 Comment

Over the weekend Google announced that its Google+ Domains API was coming out of beta. The highlights of the changes brought about by this new API are detailed here. A new domain element has been added to messages posted on Google+. This element adds an access control layer that scopes the visibility of a post [...]

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One Microsoft Memo in a Word Cloud

by Larry Cannell  |  July 12, 2013  |  1 Comment

* Top 50 words mentioned, common English words removed

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Microsoft is Running Two Office Trains

by Larry Cannell  |  April 23, 2013  |  Comments Off

Microsoft is accelerating the development of Office (at least, the development of Office 365). That is the overall tone of a recent article by Mary Jo Foley ("How Microsoft is speeding up the Office trains") that quotes Jeff Teper, corporate Vice President, Office Servers and Services and Adam Pisoni, Co-Founder of Yammer and now a [...]

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Will Yammer Replace SharePoint’s Newsfeed?

by Larry Cannell  |  March 29, 2013  |  Comments Off

Last week Microsoft posted a blog highlighting their progress in integrating Yammer with SharePoint and Office 365. What I found most interesting is how widely this update was reported as new information. Perhaps the implications of Microsoft’s plans for Yammer were lost in the flood of news coming out of the SharePoint Conference last fall. [...]

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Microsoft’s First Steps Towards Integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365

by Larry Cannell  |  March 21, 2013  |  2 Comments

Yesterday Microsoft posted an update on their progress towards integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. I’m traveling this week, but I still wanted to share my thoughts. This post summarizes the features Microsoft announced and is mostly a rough collection of my initial reactions. At the bottom of this post, I link to [...]

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Webinar: What’s New in SharePoint 2013 and Yammer for Social Software

by Larry Cannell  |  March 8, 2013  |  2 Comments

Please join me on Thursday, March 14 for a webinar discussing SharePoint 2013 and Yammer. Microsoft launched SharePoint 2013 with new social software features just months after acquiring the cloud-based social network site Yammer. This webinar discusses the company’s integration plans and guides enterprises on what to do now that Microsoft has competing social software [...]

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