06-18-2016 06:39 PM
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  1. Johnny Tremaine's Avatar
    Whilst I don't use LinkedIn that much I can see the obvious benefits with Office and Windows integration.
    Ugh. That's what I'm afraid of. I can see myself typing a document in Word (either full purchase or subscription), and then a prompt appears: " I see that you're typing a resume, would you like to upload it to LinkedIn? "

    If that type of cross marketing is going to be a thing, it will get hair pullingly annoying, very quickly.
    06-14-2016 08:02 AM
  2. groady-ho baluzy's Avatar
    I thought I read somewhere last year where LinkedIn was valued at $2.6 billion or something like that. Maybe it was Forbes or wsj. Either way I think MS way overpaid.
    Just my 2cents

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    06-14-2016 08:10 AM
  3. Jordan_Musser's Avatar
    Where everyone is failing to see the benefit of this acquisition is in Microsoft's core software today. They will utilize LinkedIn to embed in their software. No longer will you get an email from a random third party offering you a product and you have no idea who they are. Through Outlook and LinkedIn when you get that email it will give you the details of the user without you having to search.
    HR will now be able to use LinkedIn through Outlook when setting up interviews or doing background checks.
    There is a lot more to this than just utilizing LinkedIn to "connect" with friends. Microsoft has some plans that both the MSFT CEO and LinkedIn CEO mentioned about using Microsoft's cloud business, I have no idea where that would go but their is a plan to this.
    And enough with the Nokia acquisition, yes it looks bad financially and from an ethical standpoint to layoff all those employees, but I can guarantee you by that purchase and vision Nokia had the team at Microsoft which is now reasponsible for the Windows Phones (the Surface Team) will deliver and amazing product in the coming months and that will have to do with what they learned from the Nokia deal.
    06-14-2016 08:36 AM
  4. Great deal's Avatar
    I own and run an IT recruitment company. Linkedin makes most of its revenue from corporate recruiters advertising jobs and agencies (and sales departments) buying subscriptions. Linkedin is used by pretty much every recruiter around the world as its a great way to find people for jobs they have. I started using Linkedin several years ago and have seen the changes from awful, you turns and great features. Its a different animal than what it was. This news is good (IMO) as long as Microsoft leave Linkedin alone (as they have said they will) to do what they do and just integrate deeply into the Microsoft product stacks. Exciting to see where this goes. As for is it worth it....Linkedin made 3 Billion last year, and with MS they can make a lot more, MS got a good deal.
    06-14-2016 09:24 AM
  5. HeyCori's Avatar
    Ballmer tried to make Microsoft a more consumer focused company. Nadella is trying to make Microsoft a more focused company. Nadella is cutting the head off projects and strategies that aren't working while taking Microsoft back to it's core. He wants to make Microsoft THE backend, productivity company. I think this is where acquisitions like LinkedIn and Xamarian are coming from. Just look at their acquisitions from the past two years. They're not buying up chip manufacturers and entertainment studios. They're buying companies they can integrate into existing productivity suites. Potentially, LinkedIn is a great acquisition, one that may lead to hundreds of millions of users that are reliant on Microsoft's vast array of tools and services.
    06-14-2016 10:43 AM
  6. Canjok's Avatar
    I only pray it won't be the same as with skype...
    Laura Knotek and xandros9 like this.
    06-14-2016 10:45 AM
  7. gpobernardo's Avatar
    I'm not sure about LinkedIn in other countries, but what I've noticed in the US is that everyone registers for it and creates an account, but nobody bothers with it. It's something one might check if he/she gets a new contact request once in a while, but it doesn't get used regularly.
    It's the same in my country in Southeast Asia, where even some of the semi-homeless have a Facebook account. And that's exactly what I do, although I've installed the LinkedIn app in my phone - I only open it when I receive a notification.

    I think MS is demonstrating their intention of focusing more on services than on hardware with this one, in contrast to the acquisition of Nokia years ago.
    Laura Knotek and jmshub like this.
    06-14-2016 11:35 AM
  8. cracgor's Avatar
    I really don't understand the move, but someone thinks it is useful. LinkedIn generates revenue by selling ads primarily, but loses almost 200million dollars a year. So unless it starts turning a profit, I don't see how spending 26billion on it is a wise decision. Even if it was making 500 million in profits, it would still take 50 years to get back to zero assuming no interest or opportunity cost.
    06-14-2016 11:37 AM
  9. Great deal's Avatar
    Most people in enterprise have a linkedin account or use linkedin (HR departments of all companies do) Microsoft will make HUGE money by selling other services with deep linkedin integration, they are not relying on Linkedin on its own. Those figures I guess are something we will not really see.
    HeyCori likes this.
    06-14-2016 12:01 PM
  10. Jose_Vasquez's Avatar
    It's funny, becouse it can be... :-)
    06-14-2016 12:41 PM
  11. jmshub's Avatar
    I think there is a subset of people who use LinkedIn who really buy into it. I have a friend and former coworker, who works hard to curate his contacts and skill sets on LinkedIn. It's no surprise that he is very career driven and looking to move up. He said he has gotten job offers based in part to his LinkedIn, but so far, he is still at the same job.

    I can see a potential benefit of LinkedIn, but I don't see how it was a good acquisition for Microsoft, and that valuation sounds awfully high to me.
    Chintan Gohel likes this.
    06-14-2016 02:42 PM
  12. gjbcapital's Avatar
    True. I read a new york times article saying net income is even worse cause there is a stock options compensation to employees that doesn't count as cost so loses are higher. I don't know what MS have in mind but I find it difficult to see a reason this company worth that amount of money.
    06-14-2016 02:57 PM
  13. SynthDude's Avatar
    All in all....right now I think it would be smarter if they spit that money in commercial's and promotion for their new os and these 3 new phones.
    I really never seen one tv commercial for windows phone in my life not on local stations nor on cable yet there are tons of ones for android and iPhones....
    06-14-2016 03:19 PM
  14. Jakoh's Avatar
    Now, imagine if Microsoft ploughed that amount of money into Windows Phone?

    We'd surely then get at least a Starbucks app :)
    But they wont own starbucks.
    06-14-2016 03:40 PM
  15. Krystianpants's Avatar
    It's more about the patents and expertise on data mining. Catching up to companies like facebook. Satya doesn't do things just for the heck of it. The integration with office isn't going to be the biggest selling point for them, it will simply give more reason for the acquisition in the public eye. Though it's still going to be beneficial no doubt, but that wouldn't be why that many billions of dollars were wasted on the acquisition.
    Chintan Gohel likes this.
    06-14-2016 07:45 PM
  16. laevanay's Avatar
    I predict they will do like this:
    1. Pay up 26 billion USD
    2. Stop any feature development for 2 years while they remake the core of the LinkedIn system
    3. Release the new LinkedIn which has almost the same features as the LinkedIn we know today (but without the finesse and also lacking some appreciated core functionality)
    4. Release some new LinkedIn for students, "LinkedIn for pets" and "LinkedIn for dead people" that all will flop
    5. Find out that the userbase is shrinking and therefore transform LinkedIn to a simple Facebook plug in
    6. Fire 95% of the employees

    (As a "bonus" they might screw up the posibillities to use any local language outside US. IF someone moves across a boarder, his LinkedIn account will stop working. Chronological order for this is unknown...)

    The future has the answer
    Love your post... this is EXACTLY like the Yammer, Skype, and Nokia acquisition.
    06-14-2016 08:49 PM
  17. desitunez's Avatar
    To put in context Facebook bought whatsapp for 19 billion
    06-14-2016 10:07 PM
  18. Roderick Aspiras's Avatar
    I just can't get over how LinkedIn is worth $26billion. Like its a way to search for new jobs so many corporation actually blocks it except for HR that needs to recruit people. I think Microsoft has more money than apple or google but its stashed somewhere hehehehe.
    06-14-2016 10:12 PM
  19. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    I'm not sure about LinkedIn in other countries, but what I've noticed in the US is that everyone registers for it and creates an account, but nobody bothers with it. It's something one might check if he/she gets a new contact request once in a while, but it doesn't get used regularly.
    This.
    06-15-2016 01:40 AM
  20. Daniel Gilbert M's Avatar
    As a graduate searching for jobs, I find LinkedIn very useful.
    All of my friends are in LinkedIn and i can keep track of where they are currently employed at.
    libra89 likes this.
    06-15-2016 02:41 AM
  21. Great deal's Avatar
    If your a professional and not on linkedin your linkedout and missing on hundreds of opportunities. A lot of the creme de la creme aka Subject Matter Experts are not on there as they get bombarded with new job requests as they are the best. If your not an SME and a professional and not on Linked in then you are simply missing out. There are alos groups on linkedin where you can share and discuss topics, I own some of the worlds largest in certain tech areas and its a great resource, I love MS (compared to the 'others') and created a Hololens group the day it was announced, the head of Hololens hiring at Microsoft uses it to find people, thats just one example of many many. Take the time and get on it :)
    06-15-2016 03:06 AM
  22. MicrosoftEdu's Avatar
    By acquiring LinkedIn, Microsoft has also acquired SlideShare Which is world's largest PPT sharing platform & Learning Management system. It will help microsoft users to create & upload resume, ppts, pdfs on a website that is acquired by microsoft. It is also expected that this change will lead to a massive change in Education industry. India has a huge user base for LinkedIn & Slideshare. Let's hope for the best!
    Last edited by jmshub; 06-15-2016 at 08:25 AM.
    06-15-2016 03:46 AM
  23. Pete's Avatar
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    06-15-2016 06:02 AM
  24. toph36's Avatar
    You are right to an extent. They have 433M users, but 100M+ are active users. Still, the network is growing and they are still expanding internationally. They could be over 1 billion within the next 10 years.
    06-15-2016 08:30 AM
  25. toph36's Avatar
    This is not like those other acquisitions. Nokia was a dying business when Microsoft bought it. Yammer is a niche product, and Skype is too easily replicated by other apps. LinkedIn is a network of professionals that is not easily replicated. I am on Facebook and LinkedIn. There is very little overlap in my contacts on the two sites, other than close friends and family. As long as the focus is the integrate LinkedIn into Microsoft products, this should be successful. Still, the LinkedIn site could use some improvements.
    06-15-2016 08:36 AM
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