November 30th, 2010 by Seth Kenvin
I’m catching up some this evening on tech news. Yammer, a provider of in-a-company social-networking software, which we’ve used, just raised $25 million, bringing its total funding to $40 million. Despite all of that funding, an interviewer still hammers the company on deficiencies in its offerings for Blackberry, iPhone and Android. This highlights a couple points:
- One is the clear importance for collaborative software (like ours, in addition to Yammer’s) to support every user, at all times, in any place, on whatever device is in use.
- Secondly, doing that through specific applications for specific environments is hard, even with $40 million.
Market7 is currently rallying fiercely towards complete support for mobile usage, but we are endeavoring to do so without compartmentalizing essential features to a variety of device-dependent applications. Instead we are doing it through standards-based web-access to rich features performing well within browsers on any device. This has always been a major element of the web’s promise, and a notion seeming to regain momentum as both the benefits and challenges of device-specific apps become apparent.