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Microsoft Acquires Linkedin For $26.2bn

Microsoft has completed its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, a social network for professionals.

The deal was concluded after the European Commission gave the final approval earlier this week.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO has outlined how the two companies plan to integrate their products.

The companies will integrate LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator tool for sales representatives into Microsoft’s customer-relationship-management tool, Dynamics, which was the main reason for the buy.

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Nadella says, “As we articulated six months ago, our top priority is to accelerate LinkedIn’s growth, by adding value for every LinkedIn member”.

“I am energized and optimistic for what we can achieve together and the journey ahead,” he added.

Below is a list of the integration plan:

  • LinkedIn notifications within the Windows action center
  • Linked1n identity and network in Microsoft Outlook and the Office suite
  • Extending the reach of Sponsored Content across Microsoft properties
  • Enabling members drafting résumés in Word to update their profiles, and discover and apply to jobs on Linked1n
  • Enterprise LinkedIn Lookup powered by Active Directory and Office 365
  • Developing a business news desk across our content ecosystem and com
  • LinkedIn Learning available across the Office 365 and Windows ecosystem
  • Redefining social selling through the combination of Sales Navigator and Dynamics 36.

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