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|Founder(s)||David O. Sacks|
|Alexa rank||2,878 (November 2019)|
The service began as an internal communication system for the genealogy website Geni.com, and was launched as an independent product in 2008. Microsoft later acquired Yammer in 2012 for US$1.2 billion. Currently Yammer is included in all enterprise plans of Office 365 and Microsoft 365.
On September 8, 2008, Yammer was launched at the TechCrunch50 conference after co-founder David Sacks, a former PayPal executive, developed the basic concept of Yammer while working on a startup project after he left PayPal in 2002. In addition to its communication function, Yammer also gives third-party developers the opportunity to create and sell their collaborative applications directly to users of the platform.
By April 2010, Yammer CEO Sacks claimed that Yammer revenue was doubling every quarter, but would not disclose revenue figures for 2009 beyond describing it as "seven figures." Sacks also stated that 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies were using Yammer at that time.
In September 2010, the service was being used by more than three million users and 80,000 companies worldwide, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500. During this period, Yammer 2.0 was launched and the new version was described as a "Facebook for the Enterprise".
As of June 12, 2012, Yammer has received around US$142 million in funding from venture capital firms such as Charles River Ventures, Founders Fund, Emergence Capital Partners, Goldcrest Investments, and Ron Conway, an angel investor, while the total number of subscribers is close to 8 million.
On June 25, 2012, Microsoft acquired Yammer for US$1.2 billion. Following the acquisition, Microsoft announced that the Yammer team would be incorporated into the Microsoft Office division, but would continue to report to Sacks.
On July 24, 2014, Microsoft announced that Yammer development was being moved into the Office 365 development team, and Sacks announced that he was leaving Microsoft and Yammer.
Since then there has been continued product development, including the Yammer mobile app, external groups, Office 365 Connected Groups, Desktop App, and Live events.
Yammer has been criticized for enabling employees within a company to begin conducting business on their platform for free, but then charging these same companies for taking ownership of the content or removing former employees from accessing internal corporate communication. The use of Yammer and other forms of internal social media, such as Microsoft Teams, in corporate settings has also been criticized for the inevitable internal fights.
- Windows and MacOS: Included with Office 365 or available for free
- iOS: Microsoft app in iTunes app store
- Android: Microsoft app in Google Play
- Desktop App: Windows7+ / MacOS x10+
Yammer integrates closely with Microsoft O365 technologies. In addition, there are 3rd party apps that developers have created that analyze data, encourage ideation or gamify participation, connect calendaring and social apps, work with Flows, powerapps, or other automated apps.
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