Microsoft Teams and LinkedIn will start integrating viewable profiles in one-to-one chats soon.
Microsoft’s has been relatively hands off with its LinkedIn acquisition, only intervening to add targeted support for a handful of cross-platform features, and it looks like the company is stepping yet again to help its blossoming enterprise chat platform, according to its Microsoft 365 roadmap.
As early as next month, Teams users could start using the new LinkedIn profile feature when in a 1:1 chat.
“Users will be able to see LinkedIn profiles of their colleagues in 1:1 chat. The LinkedIn profile is available via the LinkedIn tab in the 1:1 chat panel.”
The addition of LinkedIn profiles feels like an intuitive use of the two platforms, especially as Teams looks to branch out and become a more ubiquitous tool. Now, Teams users who send out invites to non-employees, or extended partners can quickly leverage a bit of professional data that could help expedite calls, answer questions, or direct after call networking.
While Microsoft’s 365 roadmap was last updated on February 4, 2022, there is no official date set yet for the release of LinkedIn profiles on Teams. However, a GA: March 2022 appears to be the target timeframe for the feature.
Teams users across the desktop app and web will be eligible to use the profile feature when its actually rolled out, but there doesn’t appear to be any notes on its availability for mobile users.