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Microsoft's $1.2 Billion Purchase of Yammer a Mixed Bag for B-Schools

Some MBA students recommend Yammer, while others are waiting to see how Microsoft promotes it.

Microsoft’s acquisition of the enterprise social network Yammer may be bad news for MBA students.
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"What it came down to is, really, we have so many systems that we use that at the end of the day, we didn't really jump into [Yammer] whole hog, because it was another user name and password to remember [and] another system you had to have up and running on your computer, and we had some tools internally that we turned to instead," he says. "If Microsoft would beef [Yammer] up and insert it into the Office suite, people may be more apt to use it."

Asked if the $1.2 billion price tag that Microsoft paid for Yammer should lead MBA students and businessmen to take the network more seriously, DeMaria says it all boils down to how efficient Yammer is. "My team says it's not convenient," he says. "[Even] if they were to pay $10 billion for it, it's not convenient."

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