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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 6:51 PM
    Microsoft's (MSFT) purchase of Yammer will give its SharePoint collaboration platform badly needed social networking features, observes ex-Microsoft employee Aaron Fulkerson, while adding the deal is a negative for Jive (JIVE). Channelnomics points out Yammer's social networking platform addresses many of the communications shortcomings of corporate e-mail. On that level, the acquisition represents a defensive move in support of Microsoft's Outlook/Exchange e-mail empire.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 3:05 AM
    Business-software company Yammer agreed to sell itself to Microsoft (MSFT) for $1.2B, sources say, though it's unclear when the deal will be completed and announced. Buying Yammer, often called "Facebook for the workplace," suggests Microsoft may be trying to plug some holes in its Office software. (previously)
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 9:46 AM
    Jive Software (JIVE +9.2%) jumps following reports Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) is in talks to buy Jive rival Yammer, potentially for $1B+. AllThingsD's Arik Hesseldahl suggests Yammer's lack of IPO preparation (unlike Jive) and challenges in getting users to pay make a Microsoft deal logical. ZDNet's Eileen Brown notes Yammer is used by 85% of the Fortune 500, and could bolster Microsoft's efforts to add cloud and social networking features to its Dynamics business apps.
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 12:39 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly in talks to buy Yammer, a top provider of private enterprise social networking sites, and could end up paying over $1B. Yammer would join an extensive list of Microsoft solutions that enable business collaboration, including SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Skype. Jive Software (JIVE), which competes with Yammer and has already been the subject of M&A speculation, could trade higher on the report. Salesforce.com (CRM) also competes with Yammer via its Chatter product. (previous)
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  • Jun. 11, 2012, 6:47 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT -2.6%) considered making an offer for Nokia (NOK -8.3%) in late 2011 and examined the company's books, but both parties decided against a sale, reports The Register's Andrew Orlowski. He speculates Microsoft would prefer to see Nokia, which is hemorrhaging cash, become cheaper before making a bid. Nokia fell sharply today after Samsung shot down rumors of takeover interest.
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  • Jun. 5, 2012, 12:54 PM
    Google (GOOG) follows up on its acquisitions of Meebo and KikScore by acquiring Quickoffice, maker of a popular productivity suite for iOS and Android devices. Assuming Google bundles Quickoffice with Android, the acquisition could bolster Android's standing in the enterprise market, where the iPhone (AAPL) is faring better. The deal comes ahead of the expected November launch of iPad and Android versions of Microsoft Office (MSFT).
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  • May 30, 2012, 11:38 AM
    Google (GOOG) regrets not buying Twitter before its valuation surged to $8B, a source tells BI, and the company still believes it's the only one capable of effectively monetizing the microblogging service. A source close to Twitter claims the company's IPO plans haven't progressed far (the performance of recent offerings may be giving the company pause), and hints Twitter, which has struck a search deal with Bing (MSFT), is still open to an offer from Google. (previous)
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  • May 29, 2012, 11:59 AM
    Though focused on getting Yahoo's (YHOO) house in order over the short-term, interim (for now) CEO Ross Levinsohn wants to stockpile cash and eventually use it to "swing for the fences," reports Nicholas Carlson. Though the proceeds of Yahoo's Alibaba share sale will be returned to shareholders, the proceeds from future asset sales will likely go into Yahoo's bank account. Also: it's claimed Levinsohn might try to settle Yahoo's suit against Facebook, and re-work the Microsoft search deal.
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  • May 24, 2012, 4:58 PM
    Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal subsidiary is in "serious negotiations" to buy Microsoft's (MSFT) stake in MSNBC.com, and could gain full control of the site by this summer, multiple sources tell Adweek. Such a deal could be another example of Microsoft's efforts to reduce the giant losses posted by its Online Services division.
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  • Apr. 30, 2012, 7:27 AM
    Barnes & Noble (BKS) +79% premarket as Microsoft (MSFT) wades into e-books with a $300M investment in the company's Nook and College operation. 9to5mac notes the deal seemingly puts an end to patent litigation between the companies and that BKS would seem to be abandoning Android as their future e-Reader OS.
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  • Apr. 26, 2012, 2:22 PM
    Is Microsoft (MSFT) thinking of unloading Bing? A recent NYT report claims execs "sent out feelers" to Facebook (FB) last year to see if they'd be interested in buying the search engine. Mark Zuckerberg turned them down, stating Facebook was preoccupied with other matters. Microsoft's Online Services division, dominated by Bing, lost $479M in FQ3, as modest ad revenue growth and share gains failed to stop its bleeding. (also)
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  • Apr. 11, 2012, 1:01 PM
    Does Microsoft (MSFT -0.3%) want a piece of Research In Motion (RIMM +0.8%)? That's the question a headline from Financial Post asks as rumors on a MSFT-RIMM deal recirculate. Though deteriorating Blackberry sales has soured Microsoft from pulling the trigger in the past, the two companies remain relatively cozy with integration of Bing and Microsoft's mapping tech on Blackberry devices.
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  • Mar. 28, 2012, 1:38 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO), the tech soap opera that never ends (perhaps because so many "sources" are involved), is said to be weighing a long list of restructuring options at a meeting today. Among the options are the rumored sale of Yahoo's ad tech business, and (though regulators might not be thrilled) the abandoning of its turbulent search partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) in favor of a deal with Google (GOOG),
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  • Mar. 26, 2012, 4:59 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) has ended its efforts to keep documents related to Microsoft's (MSFT) $31/share 2008 bid sealed, shortly after Dan Loeb requested they be made public. The decision by Jerry Yang and Yahoo's board to turn down Microsoft's bid has been frequently blasted, and the documents could turn up an embarrassing detail or two that could bolster Loeb's proxy fight. (earlier)
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  • Mar. 14, 2012, 11:30 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) wants to minimize the impact of the huge layoffs that will soon arrive by selling much of its ad technology platform, reports Kara Swisher. She adds Yahoo has already approached MSFT, GOOG, and P-E firm Silver Lake about such a deal, which, in tandem with a subsequent outsourcing deal, would "turn a cost center into a revenue source." The report comes just a few months after Yahoo decided to buy ad tech firm Interclick.
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  • Feb. 21, 2012, 12:32 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +1.1%) has rolled out a long-awaited software upgrade for the PlayBook, and (in spite of the PlayBook's meager sales) is also unveiling a splashy ad campaign to go with it. Meanwhile, rumors of new buyout interest (previously) from Microsoft (MSFT) are reportedly making the rounds, but RIM shares are only getting a slight lift this time.
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Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising to a global customer audience. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States