Big thumbs up to Microsoft as it had successfully gotten regulatory approval for its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn just some few days ago. That means the final details of the arrangement are being put in place . Via means of a LinkedIn note, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expresses his enthusiasm in the “common mission” of both LinkedIn andMicrosoft .
In his words “As our two companies’ leadership teams have spent time together these last few months, I’ve gained a deeper understanding of and appreciation for LinkedIn’s relentless focus on its members.”
It is thus normal for Microsoft to pursue its own ambitions and set a target post it hopes to realize by completely integrating LinkedIn into the Microsoft family. Let us now look at some of those things we could be expecting from the union of Microsoft and LinkedIn
We are expecting LinkedIn identity and network in the Office suite as well as also spicing
We are expecting LinkedIn notifications inside the Windows action center
We are expecting Microsoft to enable members drafting résumés in Word so that users can to go about updating their profiles, knowing about jobs on LinkedIn as well as being able to apply to them.
We are expecting Microsoft to extend the scope of Sponsored Content all through Microsoft properties
We are expecting Enterprise LinkedIn Lookup to be powered by Office 365 and Active Directory
We are expecting LinkedIn Learning to be available all through the Office 365 and all Windows properties
We are expecting Microsoft to build a business news desk across MSN.com as well as everything about content
We are expecting Microsoft to bring up something to social selling by bringing together Dynamics 365 and Sales Navigator
Many of Windows 10 users however will not be too comfortable getting LinkedIn notifications in the Windows notification center. One of the major reasons could be that LinkedIn has this ugly reputation of buzzing someone with notifications and emails. Of course we are expecting Microsoft to show wisdom in this if they intend highlighting them upfront within Windows 10.
“As we articulated six months ago, our top priority is to accelerate LinkedIn’s growth, by adding value for every LinkedIn member,” says Nadella. “I am energized and optimistic for what we can achieve together and the journey ahead.”
It is truly a big journey ahead!