Enterprise social network to be integrated into company’s Office division.
Microsoft announced yesterday that they have acquired enterprise social network Yammer for a cool $1.2 billion.
Yammer will join Microsoft’s Office division, however it’s unclear how the social network will be integrated (if at all) into the Office platform. According to a press release, Microsoft state that the acquisition of Yammer “…underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love”. In other words, people are sick of using SharePoint and want something less fussy.
Since it’s 2008 launch Yammer has gained popularity in the corporate world, and currently boasts close to 5 million users. The service is free and easy to setup, and allows employees to enjoy a secure and private social network sans embarrassing photos from the night before. While Yammer’s operations and services will continue to operate as normal, the service will gradually be adopted to following alongside planned services offered from SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Skype.
Read the official Microsoft press release here.