Microsoft to buy Yammer for more than $1 billion

After days of speculation that Microsoft was about to make their next big purchase Yammer, the WSJ reports that the company is planning to sell to Microsoft for more $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Despite this, it's unclear when the company will make the announcement public.

The move comes just a year after Microsoft dropped a cool $8.5 Billion to purchase Skype. Yammer is a popular tool in the corporate world that isn't dissimilar from Twitter, and provides enterprises with a way to exchange short, effective messages internally in a secure manner. The screenshot below shows an older version of the web service in action.

According to a blog by Yammer in February, the service is used by 80% of Fortune 500 companies, so it makes sense as to why Microsoft would make this move.

There aren't many more details on the acquisition, but it's clear the company is attempting to strengthen it's arsenal in the social media arena. We're willing to bet that Yammer will be packaged as part of Sharepoint (and possibly the Office 365 suite) in the future.

 

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Lets just hope for the best, I mean, Microsoft paying 1bill for a company which is not estabilished.. i cant see normal Twitter users settling with this 'Rip-Off'. No haste, i must try it

ahhell said,
I guess Microsoft should have had your approval first, right?

Well on one hand the move seems silly but on the other who knows Microsoft's real motives behind its purchase. One would assume they have great purpose.

Joke going around the office: Microsoft buys Yammer, renames it SharePoint Cloud Server 2012 Mobile Enterprise Social Networking Edition

Here's how it goes.

1. See Twitter
2. See Yammer imitate Twitter for the enterprise
3. Build Office Talk as an internal alternative to Yammer and deploy it inside Microsoft
4. Build Office Talk into SharePoint 15
5. Buy Yammer
6. Release SharePoint 2013
7. Migrate existing Yammer customers to SharePoint 2013.
8. Kill Yammer.

This would also put big hits on Jive (not a Microsoft Partner) and NewsGator (MS Partner of the year in either 2010 or 2011) because if real social gets plugged into either of those, you can kiss them goodbye as social apps that integrate with SharePoint.

webdev511 said,
Here's how it goes.

1. See Twitter
2. See Yammer imitate Twitter for the enterprise
3. Build Office Talk as an internal alternative to Yammer and deploy it inside Microsoft
4. Build Office Talk into SharePoint 15
5. Buy Yammer
6. Release SharePoint 2013
7. Migrate existing Yammer customers to SharePoint 2013.
8. Kill Yammer.

This would also put big hits on Jive (not a Microsoft Partner) and NewsGator (MS Partner of the year in either 2010 or 2011) because if real social gets plugged into either of those, you can kiss them goodbye as social apps that integrate with SharePoint.

maybe this officetalk wasn't upto the mark. but > 1 billion for twitter clone in office srsly

nowimnothing said,
I wonder which product team this'll get rolled into? Sharepoint? Office Communicator kind of stuff? Directly into Windows Server?

I think you mean Lync...

But yes i can see this working well with SharePoint and Lync... Looks like Yammer is about to be added to WP i would guess

nowimnothing said,
I wonder which product team this'll get rolled into? Sharepoint? Office Communicator kind of stuff? Directly into Windows Server?

It will be a perfect fit inside of SharePoint, dynamics, office and Lync, build it right into the office stack (as per presence) and it will be a seamless

Brando212 said,
Yammer?

Never heard of it to, quick Google search shows...
"Yammer is a Private Social Network for Your Company"

Seems like an insider version of Facebook for companies.... a billion dollars is a lot though :\

Brando212 said,
Yammer?

Many corporations use it as their version of Facebook.
That is exactly what it is actually, the corporate version of Facebook.
So actually since most corporations are on Windows, it makes a whole lot sense, especially if they implement functionality into their suite of applications.

Brando212 said,
Yammer?

Social network for business used by 85% of Fortune 500 companies. Compared to Instagram, this deal actually makes sense!

DirtyLarry said,

Many corporations use it as their version of Facebook.
That is exactly what it is actually, the corporate version of Facebook.
So actually since most corporations are on Windows, it makes a whole lot sense, especially if they implement functionality into their suite of applications.

They tie it into Lync and Sharepoint I bet.

dagamer34 said,

Social network for business used by 85% of Fortune 500 companies. Compared to Instagram, this deal actually makes sense!

It seems aimed at big corporations indeed; I mean 50+ employees at least.