David Sacks, co-founder of the social-networking vendor, announces departure on Twitter.
Microsoft acquired the enterprise social-networking vendor Yammer about two years ago for $1.2 billion, ever since; they have allowed Yammer to continue independent operations. But the management of Microsoft may have decided to tighten its grasp on the Yammer outfit based in San Francisco. David Sacks, The Co-founder of Yammer on July 24 made an announcement on his twitter page about his intention to leave Microsoft and Yammer. He thanked both his current and former YamFamily for the six years they have stood by him and Microsoft for the last two years. He tweeted he was looking forward to new adventures. Yammer worked as PayPal’s chief operating officer before he founded and headed Yammer as its Chief Executive Officer.
Since it acquired Yammer, Microsoft has integrated all Yammer’s enterprise social features with some of its own products and services, which includes Office 365 and SharePoint. Microsoft has removed a number of pages from Yammer’s playbook, as regards to ways to iterate and update on its technologies more rapidly. Microsoft created Yammer North team in Redmond about a year ago to bring about coordination between the two companies, to enable the Yammer team master the Yammer thinking and processes easily. But Microsoft has now decided to move Yammer into the Office 365 and outlook development team, which has Microsoft vice president, Rajesh Jha as head of operations. According to reliable sources, the San Francisco Yammer engineering team will be headed by a lead from Jha’s team, Kristian Andaker.
When asked what was happening to Yammer, some Microsoft officials had the following to say:
Office 365 has Yammer as one of its most integral parts which is used by over 500, 000 companies to increase their daily job performance and the ease with which they get things done. Since Microsoft acquired Yammer two years ago, we have worked together to make the integrated benefits of enterprise social media available to all our Office 365 customers. Having seen the exciting Yammer experience extend to all Office 365 customers, which gives them new ways to work together, we believe it is time to bring our Outlook and Office 365 shared teams to merge with the Yammer organization as the next reasonable step for the delivery of an integrated set of social, collaboration and experiences that help organizations work like a very organized network. We are grateful to David for all his contributions and commitment to both Microsoft and Yammer and wish him well in all his future strides. Since the 2012 acquisition Yammer has experienced tremendous growth, and serves over 500, 000 clients. David played very instrumental role in the last two years in building a very strong leadership team. This has helped set a strong direction for Yammer in line with our vision for social media and as part of Microsoft Office. This union between Microsoft and Yammer will enable us achieve more in the future and be able to reach out to a wider range of customers. We do hope our customers find more fulfillment using our improved products and services.