Microsoft made waves with news of its recent purchase of LinkedIn, the social network designed around business networking. The company apparently has big plans for the service, including integrating it with existing products like Office.
By integrating professional profile data into Office 365, email and other communication apps, users would be more inclined to keep that information up-to-date as it would be more visible to friends, colleagues and others. And on the flip side, these integrations would make that data more easily accessible to anyone who wanted to know more about a professional’s background or experience.
LinkedIn has a sizable network of over 433 million users, but Office’s footprint is much bigger. Microsoft says there are more than 1.2 billion Office users today. LinkedIn becoming a part of Office would massively increase its data’s visibility.