REUTERS - (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp(MSFT.O) agreed to buy online social network firm Yammer Inc for $1.2 billion in cash, which will allow the software company to offer a service like Facebook Inc’s(FB.O) to corporate customers.
Talk of a deal had circulated earlier this month, but the two companies only confirmed the deal on Monday.
Four-year-old Yammer, which has 5 million users of its private, in-company social networks, will become part of Microsoft’s Office unit under Kurt DelBene but will still be led by current Chief Executive David Sacks.
Microsoft shares were down 3 percent at $29.77 on Nasdaq. (Reporting By Bill Rigby; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
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