Some Ideas LinkedIn and Microsoft Have Tossed Around

In a letter to the LinkedIn workforce about the acquisition, LinkedIn CEO mentioned a few of the ways Microsoft and LinkedIn could “unlock some enormous opportunities.”

Here are some of those ideas LinkedIn and Microsoft have mulled over, all quoted from the Weiner letter:

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  • Massively scaling the reach and engagement of LinkedIn by using the network to power the social and identity layers of Microsoft’s ecosystem of over one billion customers. Think about things like LinkedIn’s graph interwoven throughout Outlook, Calendar, Active Directory, Office, Windows, Skype, Dynamics, Cortana, Bing and more.
  • Accelerating our objective to transform learning and development by deeply integrating the Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning solution in Office alongside some of the most popular productivity apps on the planet (note: 6 of the top 25 most popular Lynda.com courses are related to Microsoft products).
  • Realizing LinkedIn’s full potential to truly change the way the world works by partnering with Microsoft to innovate on solutions within the enterprise that are ripest for disruption, e.g., the corporate directory, company news dissemination, collaboration, productivity tools, distribution of business intelligence and employee voice, etc.
  • Expanding beyond recruiting and learning & development to create value for any part of an organization involved with hiring, managing, motivating or leading employees. This human capital area is a massive business opportunity and an entirely new one for Microsoft.
  • Giving Sponsored Content customers the ability to reach Microsoft users anywhere across the Microsoft ecosystem, unlocking significant untapped inventory.
  • Redefining social selling through the combination of Sales Navigator and Dynamics.
  • Leveraging our subscription capabilities to provide opportunities to the massive number of freelancers and independent service providers that use Microsoft’s apps to run their business on a daily basis.

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2 Comments on “Some Ideas LinkedIn and Microsoft Have Tossed Around

  1. Great points here Todd. It is particularly interesting to think about those areas you say are “ripest for disruption, e.g., the corporate directory, company news dissemination, collaboration, productivity tools, distribution of business intelligence and employee voice”. Certainly many companies have internal intranets, that at times try to act like internal social media, but I wonder how many people are truly satisfied with that. And the company directory is usually a mess on some level – though this may not be a software issue as much as a people issue.
    I am wondering what will happen to products that rely on LinkedIn and are competitors to Microsoft products. For example, what happens to companies that sell LinkedIn/Salesforce integrations – will the new LinkedIn turn off any cooperation here? Or similarly with other companies that have products that compete with their own?

    1. Hi – just to be clear, as mentioned in the post I’m just quoting directly from Jeff Weiner’s letter; they’re not my ideas.

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