WAYNE, N.J., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ConnectYard, Inc., the leading provider of social engagement solutions, today announced that it is releasing a new application for Microsoft Office 365 Education that will allow for anytime, anywhere communication and collaboration across a variety of modalities. The Company's new offering is a radically engaging technology that extends the reach of Microsoft SharePoint Online within Office 365 to today's most popular social media and mobile devices. With more and more students and employees working remotely, ConnectYard enables organizations to bring the right people and information together instantly, by increasing the speed of communication, which ultimately raises productivity and reduces technology deployment, training and support costs.
"We are excited to see such innovative applications being built using Microsoft Office 365. ConnectYard's social and mobile notification solution helps faculty reach students using their own personal devices and applications," states Eric Herzog, Sr. Marketing Manager at Microsoft.
With the ever-expanding number of communication options available to students, faculty and administrators, schools, colleges and universities are recognizing both the opportunity and necessity of extending communications beyond traditional email in order to facilitate greater engagement and increased productivity. ConnectYard for SharePoint Online will allow users to seamlessly send and receive messages on their preferred communication channel, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and text message, which can speed message receipt and response times and create a more cohesive, connected learning environment.
"Today, text messaging and social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are the way people check in, chat and stay up to date," said Don Doane, CEO of ConnectYard. "We are helping organizations to privately and securely engage students and faculty via these same channels in order to make it easier to communicate and collaborate."
For a free trial of ConnectYard for SharePoint Online, visit the Microsoft Office 365 store at http://tinyurl.com/cy365app
ConnectYard provides a completely private and secure, social engagement platform that allows for anytime, anywhere communication and collaboration across a variety of social and mobile technologies, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and SMS.
ConnectYard, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. For more information on how ConnectYard can help your organization increase student engagement and retention, please visit http://www.connectyard.com or contact us at 973-494-8063.