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Microsoft planning to buy Yammer

Yammer is the target of IT firm Microsoft in its latest takeover plan.

27 June 2012

Computing giant Microsoft is plotting a deal that would see it acquire enterprise social networks provider Yammer for a fee of $1.2 billion (£768,000).

Yammer has more than five million users around the world, with employees from 85 per cent of Fortune 500 companies having a presence on its site. Merger and acquisition advisors could now be on hand to mediate on various aspects of the deal.

Its benefits include the fact it is easy for workers to join a free and simple social network that can be used by companies as part of a strategic initiative.

If the takeover is successful, Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, which is currently led by president Kurt DelBene.

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, said: "The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love. Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft's growing portfolio of complementary cloud services."

Microsoft has been a leader in the IT market in recent decades, since making its first sale in New Mexico, US in 1975.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Microsoft press release, June 25th 

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