Yammer Co-founder David Sacks Is Leaving Microsoft, Yammer Team Is Now Under Office 365 Organization

Microsoft and Yammer two years ago announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. Yammer joined the Microsoft Office Division, led by then division President Kurt DelBene, and the team continued to report to CEO David Sacks. Microsoft developed Yammer both as a standalone service, and enhancing the social capabilities in Microsoft’s communication and collaboration offerings under Office division. While the momentum around Yammer is still growing, Yammer co-founder David Sacks announced via Twitter that he is leaving Microsoft. Also, Microsoft is now moving Yammer under Office 365 organization in which Yammer organization will work together with Outlook and Office 365 Shared teams.

Microsoft provided the following statement regarding these changes,

Yammer is an integral part of Office 365 and it is being used by more than 500,000 organizations to transform how they work every day. Since we acquired Yammer in 2012 we have been working together to bring the integrated benefits of enterprise social to all our Office 365 customers. As we’ve seen the Yammer experience extending throughout Office – giving people new ways to collaborate and work together – it’s now time to bring the Yammer organization together with our Outlook and Office 365 Shared teams as the next logical step in delivering an integrated set of social, collaboration, and communication experiences that enable companies to work like a network.

“We thank David for his commitment to Yammer and Microsoft and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Yammer has grown tremendously since the acquisition in 2012, and is now an integral part of Office 365 and used by more than 500,000 organizations. As part of our long term plan, David has played an instrumental role over the past two years in building a strong leadership team to set a solid direction for Yammer as part of Microsoft Office 365 and our vision for enterprise social.

via: ZDNet

  • Men’s Rights Groningen

    Honestly these new re-organizations confuse me, they moved (THE FORMER-)Windows Live and Windows in 1 team, then with the release of Windows 8 some components of the aforementioned team (Hotmail and SkyDrive) joined the Microsoft Office Online team, then Windows, and all other operating systems became one team, Zune became a part of the Windows Phone team when it was created, and has a separate division in the Xbox team, with the acquisition of Nokia MANY overlapping teams were created (especially in the Operating Systems unit(s)), and many parts of Nokia could easily be added to Microsoft Research, more mergers done under Nadella are admitted to his own division, Microsoft Azure, Skype now falls under the same team as Hotmail, but makes its software still quite radically separately from Microsoft, (only with the recent Outlook and Windows Phone integration was it absorbed more into Microsoft), at-least Microsoft is making the ”One Microsoft” way now, rather than separate ”islands” within the company.

    It will be sad to see David Sacks leave. The only thing that really looks ”unnatural” within Microsoft is Microsoft Mobile Oy, it has the Nokia Store for Symbian, S30. S40, Mæmo, MeeGo, Asha, Nokia X, Nokia XL, Nokia X+, Nokia X2, Smarterphone (Mimiria), S60, S80 (Hildon), S90, Mtelmi, Etc.(which overlap with the WIndows Store, Xbox Store, and Windows Phone Store) and the Nokia Beta Labs (which overlap with Microsoft Research), Scalado A.B./Nokia Lund (which also overlap with Microsoft Research), Nokia Developer (which should become a part of the Windows Developer unit, and Bing), Nokia Xpress (which overlaps with Internet Explorer), we know that MixRadio will (most unfortunately) be spun off, but still it hugely overlaps, Microsoft Mobile Oy just looks so unnatural, Yammer complimented some services, and overlapped with others (much like how Lync overlaps with Skype and the Windows Live Messenger, still integrated in Windows Phone)…

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