Microsoft completes $26.2B LinkedIn acquisition


After making the announcement this past June, Microsoft has finally closed its acquisition of LinkedIn.

In the end, Microsoft paid a whopping $26.2 billion or $196 USD per share to acquire LinkedIn. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted a note on the platform to explain how the two companies will begin to integrate with each other.

Nadella envisions a few specific scenarios to start, such as the merging of a user’s LinkedIn identity and their Microsoft Office Suite identity.

Not only will LinkedIn notifications begin to appear in Windows 10’s Action Center, but users drafting their resumes in Word will be able to update their profiles, as well as discover and apply to jobs on LinkedIn.

Furthermore, enterprise LinkedIn lookup will be powered by Active Directory and Office 365, and LinkedIn Learning will be available across the Office 365 and Windows ecosystem. Several other actions were also outlined involving the extension of sponsored content and the bolstering of MSN.com with business news content.

The main reason for the acquisition, however, was the combining of LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator Tool with Microsoft’s customer relationship management (CRM) tool Dynamics 365.

According to information received about the merge six months ago, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will continue in his role, while reporting to Satya Nadella.

Currently, the CRM leader Salesforce is trying to persuade European regulators to block or impose conditions on the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal for fear that Microsoft would block access to LinkedIn data. Microsoft however, has said that LinkedIn data would remain open for use by other software providers.

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