Microsoft ditches Yammer brand and goes all

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Microsoft is ditching the Yammer brand in favor of Viva Engage, a move that signals its commitment to the enterprise communications platform.

The rebranding comes as Microsoft looks to make Viva Engage the go-to platform for enterprise communications, with new features and experiences rolling out today.

Yammer has been a part of Microsoft since 2012, when the software giant acquired the company for $1.2 billion.

Since then, Yammer has been slowly integrated into the Microsoft ecosystem, with its features and capabilities becoming available in other Microsoft products.

Now, with the rebrand to Viva Engage, Microsoft is signaling its intent to make Viva Engage the central platform for enterprise communications.

To that end, Microsoft is adding new features to Viva Engage, including support for voice and video calling, as well as integration with Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft is also making Viva Engage available to all Office 365 users, with a free tier that includes basic features, and a paid tier that unlocks premium features.

The rebranding of Yammer to Viva Engage is the latest in a series of moves by Microsoft to consolidate its enterprise communications offerings.

In October, Microsoft announced that it was consolidating its Skype for Business Online and Teams services into a single platform, Teams.

And in December, Microsoft announced that it was sunsetting its Skype for Business Online service, with all users being migrated to Teams by July 2021.

With the rebranding of Yammer to Viva Engage, Microsoft is making it clear that it sees Viva Engage as the future of enterprise communications.

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