Microsoft’s Acquisition of LinkedIn Officially Closes

Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, which was initially announced in June, officially closed Thursday.

Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, which was initially announced in June, officially closed Thursday.

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said in a blog post revealing that the transaction was final:

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.

As we build for the future, our commitment to our mission, vision, values and your experience remain unchanged. Our members still come first and creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce has never been more important.

Weiner shared his note to the LinkedIn team in a LinkedIn Influencer article:

As we move forward, our day-to-day operations will essentially remain unchanged: We’ll continue to have the same mission and vision, the same culture and values, the same brand and the same leadership team.

Our members still come first. Our commitment to privacy and security will not change. And our partners are still core to our business. We’ll continue to remain focused on growing LinkedIn and creating value for our members and customers. Over the coming months, we’ll start sharing more about how we’re integrating products, especially in areas where we can leverage Microsoft’s scale, e.g.,

  • LinkedIn identity and network in Microsoft Outlook and the Office suite.
  • LinkedIn notifications within the Windows action center.
  • Enabling members drafting résumés 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
  • Redefining social selling through the combination of Sales Navigator and Dynamics 365.

And Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella added in his own LinkedIn Influencer article:

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.

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

However, we also see a greater opportunity to help ensure that everyone can benefit from digital technology and the new opportunities created by the digital economy. As (Microsoft president and chief legal officer) Brad Smith recently shared, Microsoft–inclusive of LinkedIn–can take steps to help people develop new skills online, find new jobs and easily connect and collaborate with colleagues. Technology alone will not solve these challenges, but together, working across private and public sectors, we can create more opportunity for everyone to participate and share in economic growth.

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