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Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace for seven years running!

Today’s post was written by Bryan Goode, senior director of Modern Collaboration.

Yammer has long recognized that social networking has the ability to revolutionize information-sharing in the workplace, which is why we first launched an enterprise social network in 2008. Since then, more than 500,000 companies—including 85 percent of the Fortune 500—have realized the value of working with greater transparency and inclusiveness using Yammer.

As a core component of Office 365, Yammer has also played an instrumental role in shaping how Microsoft approaches collaboration. Much of the innovation in Office 365—such as Office 365 Groups, Office Graph and the Office 365 Reporting Dashboard—are concepts drawn directly from Yammer. By bringing these key constructs to Office 365, Yammer helps make the productivity apps used by millions every day inherently more social and intelligent. At the same time, integrating with Office 365 gives Yammer a platform to innovate on an even greater scale.

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Microsoft named a Leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace.

Industry analysts have taken note of our efforts, and we are excited to share that Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace for the seventh year in a row. Microsoft is positioned furthest to the right for Completeness of Vision and highest on Ability to Execute in the 2015 report. Gartner writes, “Leaders are well-established vendors with widely used social software and collaboration offerings. They have established their leadership through early recognition of users’ needs, continuous innovation, significant market presence and success in delivering user-friendly and solution-focused suites with broad capabilities.”

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Office 365 vision for collaborationa powerful suite of apps built on an intelligent platform comprised of Office Graph and Office 365 Groups.

The recognition we’ve received reflects Office 365’s vision for collaboration, which aims to give teams a frictionless way to work together using the tools of their choice, while discovering and building upon the existing body of knowledge in their organization. To achieve our vision, we’re delivering a powerful suite of apps—such as Yammer, Skype, OneDrive, Delve and Outlook—which lets teams do their best work together, all built on an intelligent platform to harness the power of the network through personalized insights. Our goal is to transform collaboration by making it more seamless and transparent. We know that keeping corporate data secure remains a top priority, so we’ll continue to invest in capabilities that give organizations the right level of control, compliance, privacy and security.

The number of companies using Office 365 and Yammer to work in a more open, connected way grows by the day. Ask British Airways, which uses Yammer to spark innovative ideas that help it operate more efficiently and improve customer service. Or AON, one of the world’s leading providers of risk management and human resources solutions, which uses Yammer and SharePoint Online to create a knowledge sharing culture.

With this, I’d like to leave you with a final parting thought from Neeru Arora, chief knowledge officer at AON: “It is remarkable how much Office 365 and Yammer have helped us unlock productivity in our organization, and I think we have only scratched the surface.”

We’re taking our modern collaboration vision on the road and invite you to attend a Microsoft Cloud Roadshow near you to learn more about what Office 365 and Yammer can do to bring the power of social collaboration to your company.

—Bryan Goode