by Matt Kapko

How workers really use Microsoft collaboration tools

Apr 08, 20152 mins
Collaboration SoftwareEnterprise ApplicationsMicrosoft Office

A new report suggests the most common activity among businesspeople using Microsoft collaboration tools is document sharing, and much of that activity occurs early in the week, on Monday and Tuesday.

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Document access and sharing represent the bulk of enterprise collaboration using Microsoft tools, according to a new report from, a company that makes software to combine Microsoft’s cloud and social utilities into a single interface. Online and offline access to private or shared documents represents 81 percent of all business activity in’s mobile apps and email products. 

The research, which is based on data from 1,500 users from 800 companies in more than 75 countries, stresses the importance, and dominance, of documents in enterprise collaboration.

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Four of every five minutes spent using apps are dedicated to document access, but the social conversations associated with the documents are comparatively few and far between, according to the research. For example, business users opened documents 68 times more often than they participated in Yammer discussions.

The next most popular activity behind document access was adding SharePoint sites; seven percent of respondents said they add SharePoint. Just three percent of users conducted document searches, and less than two percent participated in Yammer discussions, viewed activity streams or looked up a colleague’s SharePoint profile, according to

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The research also suggests Monday and Tuesday are the most popular days of the week for opening SharePoint or Office 365 documents. Finally, the company says 24 percent of its mobile customers now use Office 365 in the cloud, up from 18 percent six months ago.