NewsGator Gets Microsoft Nod

Denver-based NewsGator, the provider of social networking technology for Microsoft's SharePoint portal software, said today that it has been named a Microsoft Globally Managed Partner in Microsoft's business partner network. The firm said that less than 100 companies out of Microsoft's 650,000 partners have received that status. It's unclear how the move affects NewsGator, which has been competing fiercely with Yammer, which was recently acquired by Microsoft for its social networking services; NewsGator has been looking to respond to questions about the firm's relevance after that acquisition by Microsoft, which has been viewed as a way for Microsoft to add some of the social features similar to what are provided by NewsGator to SharePoint.