Microsoft nears deal to buy Yammer: source

Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:44am EDT

A variety of logos hover above the Microsoft booth on the opening day of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A variety of logos hover above the Microsoft booth on the opening day of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 10, 2012.

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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is close to buying business software company Yammer Inc for more than $1 billion, according to a source familiar with the details.

Microsoft's interest in Yammer, known for its social networking functions, could allow the software giant to beef up its offerings for corporations.

A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment. A representative from Yammer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Backed by PayPal co-founder and Facebook (FB.O) investor Peter Thiel, Yammer said it counts more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies as clients. It raised more than $140 million in venture capital funding.

Bloomberg, which first reported the deal, said the announcement about the transaction was expected at the end of June.

(Reporting By Jennifer Saba; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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