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5:50 pm on Jun 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Report: Microsoft Mulls Yammer Social Network Acquisition [bloomberg.com]
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is in discussions to acquire Yammer Inc., operator of a social network for businesses, said two people familiar with the matter.

Microsoft may pay more than $1 billion, and a deal may be reached as soon as tomorrow, said one person, who declined to be identified because the negotiations are private.

4:05 am on June 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Apparently they agreed.
Yammer Agrees to Sell Itself to Microsoft [online.wsj.com]

Business-software company Yammer Inc. agreed to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. for more than $1 billion, according a person familiar with the matter, in a sign Microsoft may be trying to plug holes in its ubiquitous Office software.

It is unclear when the Yammer acquisition will be completed and announced, according to the person familiar with the deal.


I had heard of Yammer, but never tried it out. This looks like an interesting acquisition for the enterprise market. A turnkey social Intranet service like this could be attractive if offered by Microsoft. Under the Yammer moniker I don't think as many companies would try it out.
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The former owner of Yammer contemplates accepting an offer to become a dragon on the hit TV show Dragon's Den.

Ok, so that hasn't happen, yet (I don't think). But considering I've never heard of Yammer the price tag does seem to be extraordinary. Building a site/brand from scratch now requires such a monumental and concerted effort that maybe the price is just right, time will tell. I'm surprised because MSN chat was already more well known.
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We use Yammer here and the teams really like it.

How it is worth $1bn is outside of my imagination. 20 of us use it and it's completely free.
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Microsoft to Acquire Yammer [microsoft.com]
Microsoft Corp. and Yammer Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, and the team will continue to report to current CEO David Sacks.


“The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. “Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services.”


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Odd. I just got an e-mail from Yammer about this. I didn't remember that I had an account. ;)
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I imagine Yammer/Sharepoint/Office/Skype/Lync in some converged technology path is going to be a hard to ignore platform for corporations wanting a strong collaboration framework.