Why LinkedIn is worth $26 billion to Microsoft

Editor’s note: The ‘wow’ deal of enterprise technology. This is a good piece of analysis on the Microsoft purchase of LinkedIn. The question is: what will the impact be on corporate learning and the LMS market?

Views from around the globe: 2nd Annual Report on How Personal Technology is Changing our Lives

Editor’s note: As personal and work technology merges (slowly in places) it is useful to get a view on how people perceive technology. This research from Microsoft shows that people are generally positive about the impact of technology although privacy is a major issue.

Yammer expands platform integration, including Klout

Editor’s note: Interesting to see how Yammer is developing with this news of the integration of social ‘authority’ tool Klout into the platform. Will Tin Can feature in further developments ie a score based on what you have read/attended/shared?

Employees want social tools at work

Editor’s note: A survey by Microsoft reveals social tools at work help increase productivity for half of employees and more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and often restrict their use. Thanks to @donaldhtaylor for sharing

How Microsoft is using Yammer inside the company

Editor’s note: Insights into how a tech company with its own collaboration tool – Sharepoint – is using its new collaboration tool – Yammer. To quote: ‘Those teams that are more focused on the conversations lean toward Yammer groups. Increasingly, we are providing options of embedding Yammer feeds into SharePoint sites for people that want a mixture of the two.’

Microsoft says Yammer sales are booming

Editor’s note: Update on Yammer, post Microsoft’s purchase and a wider look at the enterprise social networking landscape.

Microsoft plays up new Office collaboration tools to boost Windows 8

Editor’s note: Microsoft hopes that collaboration tools built into Office 2013 will give enterprise customers reason to also adopt Windows 8.

Microsoft addresses Yammer integration plans at SharePoint conference

Editor’s note: If you use Microsoft’s SharePoint and/or Yammer then take a look at the announcements coming out of the SharePoint conference.

David Sacks on selling Yammer

Editor’s note: An interview with Yammer CEO David Sacks, in which he talks about the past, present and future for the enterprise social network.

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2bn

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Tech giant Microsoft has bought enterprise social network service Yammer for $1.2bn. Yammer, known as the Facebook of the enterprise, is a secure social network that sits inside corporate firewalls. It is free to set up and offers a premium, paid-for service too. Microsoft CEO Steve Bullmer said: “The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment […]