Microsoft announced recently that it has agreed to buy Yammer. The acquisition will strengthen the position in the business of social networking giant’s enterprise software. Although not required, given its financial muscle, Microsoft could pull their capital gains to finance the acquisition Facebook.
And Microsoft will pay around 1,200 million dollars (around 960 million Euros) in cash for Yammer. Steve Ballmer’s company last May was about 250 million dollars from the sale of a package of 6.55 million shares of Facebook. In addition, Microsoft has owned 26.22 million Facebook securities are now worth about $ 860 million.
The software giant has not specified any gains you can get on Facebook, but the fact is that in 2007 paid 240 million for its participation in the social network Mark Zuckerberg. That is, with profits almost finance the purchase of Yammer.
In any case, Microsoft resources are extensive. The company closed its third fiscal quarter, which ended in late March, with more than 59,200 million between cash and short-term investments. Some funds are to buy many “Yammers”.
However, Microsoft had agreed a price of $ 1.2 billion acquisition of enterprise social networking service provider Yammer payment in cash. This transaction since Microsoft acquired Skype for $ 8.5 billion last year, the largest M & A transactions.
Earlier this month, rumors about Microsoft’s acquisition Yammer has already appeared on the market, but the companies are only now confirmed the news. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in a statement that the acquisition of Yammer highlights that Microsoft is committed to providing technology companies need people like.
Yammer was founded in September 2008, is one for the enterprises to provide social networking services company. Yammer’s system is like a closed Facebook, companies can create a dedicated network to make their employees in the above statement, share files, create an event, to exchange information and do something else. An internet expert says, Yammer services are provided to enhance the synergy.
Yammer the system is equal to a social network used by internal and foreign enterprises, the company’s core collaboration, and that it provides within the enterprise wide variety of collaborative, information sharing and advice that will be used as a major, answer questions, chat and voting.
Yammer’s has over 500 million users, including more than 85 percent of the 500 companies in the “Fortune” magazine staff. So, it is welcomed by the enterprise employees, because of its service that allows a company to easily grass-roots movement of employees into strategic plan throughout the enterprise. In addition, Yammer offers traditional enterprise features such as content management systems, and used an external contact with customers and vendors to communicate “extranet”.
According to details, after the acquisitions, the Yammer will be a part of Microsoft’s Office division. However, even after merger, Yammer team member will still be to the company’s current CEO, according to report. Yammer are highly complementary with the Microsoft Office system, the use of this platform, Microsoft Office be able to provide more social services.
The original Microsoft Office has been providing services for the enterprise, and now Facebook has launched its own even versions, similar to the Office such services, soshow-based enterprise applications will be more and more. Yammer can be evolved based on soshow service, and it can use Yammer platform to launch to more soshow of Office products, they are highly complementary.
More recently, the so-called “corporate social start-up companies have always been popular acquisition targets.
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