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Microsoft Acquires Yammer For Enterprise Social Networking

Monday, June 25th, 2012

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Microsoft (MSFT) is acquiring Yammer, the enterprise social network for $1.2 billion in cash.

Yammer will become part of Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene. Yammer is an enterprise social networking have to help people work more effectively in today’s workplace. Yammer will beef up Microsoft’s existing collaboration product Sharepoint, however Yammer is a cloud based service unlike Sharepoint which is an on premises server deployment.

This put Microsoft head on in the social enterprise collaboration space with Saleforce.com’s Chatter (CRM), Oracle (ORCL), SAP (SAP), VMWare’s SocialCast (VMW), Jive (JIVE), LinkedIn (LNKD) and a host of start ups targeting this space.

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Yammer For $1 Billion

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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Microsoft (MSFT) is in discussions to acquire Yammer for $1 billon reports Bloomberg. Yammer provides a social network for businesses, similar to Chatter by Salesforce (CRM).

Yammer would add social-networking tools to the suite of products Microsoft offers it offers corporate customers. It provides features for internal corporate use that are similar to those found on Facebook Inc.’s website. Yammer competes with Jive Software (JIVE), Chatter, run by Salesforce.

Large information-technology companies are snapping up nimbler startups, sometimes before they reach an initial public offering, spending $17.4 billion on enterprise software acquisitions in 2011, compared with $715.5 million in 2009, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

A deal for Yammer would follow other recent enterprise software purchases centered around social media. Salesforce (CRM) gained social-marketing tools through its $745 million purchase of Buddy Media earlier this month, and Oracle (ORCL) recently bought two companies that analyze data on social- media sites — Vitrue Inc. and Collective Intellect Inc.