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June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Microsoft touts Yammer growth a year after announcing its acquisition

There are some acquisitions that haven’t worked out quite so well for Microsoft: aQuantive and Danger, to name two.

And then there are the acquisitions Microsoft can’t stop boasting about.

About two months after it last touted the “tremendous” momentum of Yammer, Microsoft  is again trumpeting the gains of the San Francisco-based business social networking and collaboration startup.

Microsoft announced a year ago that it would be purchasing Yammer for $1.2 billion. Since that time, the number of registered Yammer users has grown more than 55 percent to nearly 8 million, according to Microsoft. That’s up from 7 million two months ago and 5 million at the time of its acquisition.

Yammer’s paid networks have  increased more than 200 percent since last year, Microsoft said, and user activity (such as messages, groups and files) has doubled. In addition, the number of developers building apps on Yammer has increased more than 70 percent.

“The continued boom in Yammer’s growth is validation that enterprise social represents an important trend in the way people want to share, learn and connect at work, similar to how they’re interacting in their personal lives,” David Sacks, Yammer co-founder and Microsoft Office division corporate vice president, said in a statement.

In the past year, Yammer has offered a number of updates to its features, including message translation capabilities and improvements to file collaboration, Microsoft said.

In addition, Microsoft is working on integrating a number of its products and services with Yammer.  The latest releases in that effort include a Yammer newsfeed for SharePoint Online and Office 365 that can replace the SharePoint newsfeed; and a new Yammer app, available at the end of this month in the Office Store, that will allow users to embed Yammer group feeds into SharePoint sites.

Microsoft also said that in the coming months it plans to improve interoperability between email and Yammer and create integrated search across Yammer and SharePoint.

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