Beijing time on June 26th morning news, Microsoft (micro-blog) announced on Monday that the company has agreed to $1 billion 200 million acquisition of enterprise social networking service provider Yammer, payment of cash, the transaction will allow Microsoft users to provide enterprises similar to the Facebook service.
‘s rumors about the deal appeared in the market earlier this month, but the two companies did not confirm the news until Zhou Yicai. The deal is the largest acquisition since Microsoft acquired Skype, last year, Microsoft’s $8 billion 500 million acquisition of Skype. The transaction will be subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions to complete.
Microsoft CEO Steve · (Steve Ballmer), said: "the acquisition of Yammer’s transaction highlights our commitment to the delivery of business needs and consumers love technology" (). Yammer will provide the best corporate social networking services to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of cloud services."
Yammer has been established for four years, the number of users is 5 million people, the company provides services to allow employees free to join a secure, private social network, and that the company can easily be transformed into a grassroots movement strategic plan throughout the enterprise. After the completion of the merger transaction, Yammer will become part of Microsoft’s Office division, President of the Department for Kurt · Del Bain (Kurt DelBene). However, after the completion of the merger Yammer team will continue to the company’s current CEO · David Sykes (David Sacks); report.
after joining Microsoft, Yammer will continue to develop its independent services, and continue to fulfill its commitment to simple, innovative and cross platform experience. Microsoft plans to accelerate the acceptance of Yammer and Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Skype services. Sykes said: "when we started Yammer four years ago, we are ready to do something big. Our vision is that social networks will be used to change the way we work. Joining Microsoft will speed up the process of achieving this vision, so that we can get the scale and the need for innovation technology, expertise and resources."
After the deal was announced, Microsoft held a conference call to receive media interviews on the deal,
said. Asked about several issues in the Yammer merger, Microsoft executives did not provide specific details, saying only that the deal will bring a natural force". But when asked whether Microsoft integration Skype model is also applicable to Yammer, Ballmer made a positive answer. Microsoft also confirmed that Yammer employees will continue to work in San Francisco