Microsoft’s Satya Nadella lays out first steps for LinkedIn integration

Dave W. Shanahan

Microsoft, LinkedIn

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted today, sharing details of Microsoft and LinkedIn integrations, now that the acquisition has cleared regulatory hurdles. Back in June, Nadella and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner elaborated on a combined Microsoft and LinkedIn vision. Now, Nadella wants to continue to see LinkedIn grow and add value for each and every LinkedIn member.

In the immediate future, Microsoft and LinkedIn users can expect to see these integrations take shape, including:

  • 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

In a interview with the New York Times, Nadella and Weiner discussed where Microsoft has failed with past acquisitions (Nokia), and where Microsoft has triumphed (Mojang). Nadella is well aware what’s at stake with the vast amount of enterprise opportunities available for Microsoft in LinkedIn.

Since Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn now is clear of any legal hurdles, Microsoft can focus on the most important task; continue to grow LinkedIn. LinkedIn, with Microsoft’s help, will continue to be the place for working professionals to network, learn new skills (LinkedIn Learning), and find new jobs. Nadella is excited by the LinkedIn’s future with Microsoft; “I am energized and optimistic for what we can achieve together and the journey ahead.”