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Yammer to be Acquired by Microsoft

The business-software company will sell itself for $1.2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Business-software company Yammer is set to be acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Launched in 2008, Yammer is like a private social network for individual companies; the company has been part of a wave of growing business software start-ups. Because Yammer plugs into Microsoft products like Outlook email and SharePoint collaboration software, The Journal suggests the deal may be an attempt by Microsoft to improve its Office software.

Yammer also has the functionality to share files and create online workspaces to collaborate with outside sources, such as partners, customers, and vendors.

Representatives from Yammer and Microsoft declined to comment to The Journal.

Yammer had raised about $142 million in VC funds, and planned to go public eventually, reports The Journal.

IMAGE: Yammer
Last updated: Jun 15, 2012

CAITLIN BERENS writes about business innovation and entrepreneurs. Before Inc., she worked at Billboard, SELF, and Better Homes and Gardens. She attended Drake University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
@CaitlinBerens




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