Microsoft is finally taking steps to make the most out of its acquisition of LinkedIn. The company has announced that the integration between LinkedIn and Outlook.com will be going live. This integration will allow users to view insights, profile pictures, work history, and more features within their inbox. For now, the integration is available for Outlook.com members only. However, it will be made available for all customers by the end of November.
During the company’s Ignite conference in September, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced some of the preliminary steps the company is taking to integrate LinkedIn’s social graphs with its office products. He also said how commercial Office 365 subscribers with LinkedIn profiles will be able to view LinkedIn information within Microsoft apps and services.
This integration may not be a major breakthrough, but it simplifies the process of finding information about a contact without clicking on LinkedIn. It will save users from the hassle of creating separate profiles for their accounts.
Microsoft announced it would acquire LinkedIn in June of 2016. The acquisition was closed in December 2016 for $196 a share, a total value of $26.2 billion, making it one of the largest acquisitions made by Microsoft to date.
According to Microsoft: “Starting today, this new experience begins rolling out to consumer users of Outlook.com, providing rich insights, profile pictures, work history, and more, right from within your personal inbox.”
Yesterday, Microsoft took the premium features like tougher email security and more storage of Outlook.Com, and introduced them to Office 365 members instead. There could be quite a lot of other additions to Office 365, which includes a translation feature in Word for Office Insiders, “Tell Me” support for both people and documents, and new learning tools for Word on iPad. Through the “Tell Me” feature, users will be able to search across their company, share files with co-workers, and use slides and graphs from previous documents.