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Yammer announces new features and HootSuite integration

Users of business social media tool Yammer now have the option of communicating from the HootSuite dashboard. Additionally Yammer has also announced a number of new features designed to improve the user experience and discoverability of relevant people, content and conversations.

The new features include:

  • Inbox: provides a single place to track the Yammer activity that matters most to users by automatically aggregating at-mentions, group announcements, Private Messages and conversations, and enabling them to quickly respond to conversations in the order of importance.
  • Homepage: the new Homepage is tailored to help users discover and connect with the content that is most relevant to them as well as important company activity and resources, while also reducing noise.
    Online Now: enables users to see who is available and instantly start a discussion with one or more co-workers.
  • New Navigation: Built as a result of incorporating customer feedback, the redesigned navigation that further simplifies the discovery of and access to people, content and third-party applications.

Additionally Yammer also announced integration with Bevalley, FuzeBox, Get Satisfaction, If This Then That (IFTTT), Mindflash, Mindjet and Zapier.

Google makes investment in eSignature business

eSignature business DocuSign, has just received nearly £36 million ($55.8 million) in funding from Google Ventures – the investment arm of Google.

DocuSign's, cloud-based platform helps businesses and consumers of all sizes and industries to complete transactions through an approved electronic signature system and hence cuts out all the hassles, costs, and lack of security inherent in printing, faxing, scanning, and couriering documents to capture information, payments and signatures.

The business is currently used by more than 20 million users who have DocuSigned more than 150 million documents in 188 countries, with 60,000 new users joining the DocuSign Global Network every day.

"Electronic signatures are being rapidly adopted by enterprises, small businesses and consumers worldwide due to their convenience, security and ease of use," said Karim Faris, partner, Google Ventures. "DocuSign's market momentum, deep technology and strong team attracted us to them and we are excited to be working with the company as they scale their business worldwide extending their reach to hundreds millions of consumers."

Faris neglects to mention if Google would be using Docusign for any of its current solutions. However Docusign currently has an extension for Chrome (DocuSign for Google Chrome) and an app for Android (DocuSign Ink for Android) and it can currently be used to send documents to be signed via Google Drive, so it can't be too long before it appears natively in Chrome, Android, Google Drive and then probably in Gmail and Google Apps for Business.