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$26B Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal Closes

It’s official. LinkedIn is now, officially, owned by Microsoft.

The $26.2-billion all-cash transaction — Microsoft’s largest acquisition to-date — brings together two powerhouses: one a software and cloud technology firm, the other the leading social network for professionals.

Microsoft this week received the last of the regulatory approvals it needed to close the deal — a transaction that CEO Satya Nadella has been looking forward to for months because of the vast potential it has to bolster the firm’s already healthy Office user base due to the access it will gain to LinkedIn’s 433 million members.

“Today I am even more enthusiastic about the common mission and sense of purpose we share, the similarities in our cultures, and the added value we can create for LinkedIn members, to help professionals transform how they work, realize new career opportunities and connect in new ways,” Nadella wrote in a LinkedIn Pulse post. “In June we outlined our shared vision for the opportunity ahead and since then, our teams have worked hard to build an integration plan.”

The top integration priorities are:

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

LinkedIn will remain a separate entity with CEO Jeff Weiner remaining as the company’s leader, although he will report to Nadella.

Weiner called the acquisition the best chance the company has at realizing its mission and vision.

“This is a major milestone for the company, one that we believe will accelerate how we connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful,” Weiner said in a blog post today. “For our members, the LinkedIn that you use to advance your career, find jobs, build your network and stay informed is only going to get better. We’re going to focus on how we leverage Microsoft’s impressive scale and innovation to create more value for all of you.”

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  • Congratulations to linkein as their dreams has eventually comes to realities. I Wish them more success in their future endeavours and more grease to their elbow.