Friday, June 15, 2012

Microsoft to buy Yammer for $1.2 billion -- report

Business software company Yammer has agreed to sell itself to Microsoft for $1.2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.
It’s not clear when the Yammer deal will be completed or announced, the report said.
The deal is a sign that Microsoft may be trying to bolster its popular Office software suite, according to the Journal.
Yammer is an enterprise social network that provides a secure way for employees to communicate and share files.
It is one of a set of new software companies -- including Box, Dropbox, Jive Software and Basecamp -- that are providing workers with new tools to communicate, store and share files at work, or edit them along with their coworkers, the newspaper noted.
The Yammer acquisition follows a handful of similar deals where large, established software companies purchase smaller players who are focused on social media.
For example, in May Oracle acquired Virtue, a cloud-based marketing company, while Buddy Media, another social media marketing platform, was acquired by in early June.
These new companies are a threat to Microsoft, which pioneered software for the workplace, the Journal said. However, the software also links in to and enhances Microsoft software products, such as Outlook e-mail, the newspaper said.
The Journal also points out that the Yammer deal marks the second time Microsoft has acquired a company that’s about to do an initial public offering.
Last May Microsoft acquired Internet video chat company Skype for $8.5 billion in cash -- the biggest acquisition in Microsoft’s history. Prior to the deal, Skype owners had filed documents to take the company public, the Journal said.


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