In Pictures: Top 25 network and IT industry stories of 2012

The Cloud, tablets, software-defined networking, IPv6 and 4G wireless reshape the enterprise IT landscape in 2012

Microsoft buys Yammer

Microsoft didn’t quite outdo its $8.5 billion buyout of Skype in 2011, but its $1.2 billion purchase of enterprise social network company Yammer was Microsoft’s biggest deal of 2012 through at least early December. Like the Skype deal, Yammer strengthens Microsoft’s collaboration story, and presents a nice fit with the company’s SharePoint products, as outlined over the summer by Microsoft.

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