Microsoft to buy Yammer?

Wow, Redmond is really serious about collaboration, social networking and the web these days. I wonder where this leaves Messenger now that Skype is onboard and Facebook chat is fully integrated into Hotmail and Messenger. In seeking to bolster its social credentials, Microsoft is reportedly on the brink of acquiring online networking company Yammer — in a deal potentially worth over $1 billion. Yammer is used primarily as a tool for group communication and collaboration within companies and started off life looking very much like an early version of Facebook. Unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s creation, however, Yammer proudly proclaims itself “the...