As it stands now, LinkedIn is generally a place where people go when they re looking for work, and Microsoft Office is a tool they use to actually do work.

LinkedIn has information that can help Microsoft Outlook users do last-minute prep for meetings.

In theory, it s the perfect fit, because both are focused tightly on the working world.

The collaboration could get people to use Microsoft software more often, making it less likely that they ll cancel their subscriptions at the end of the year.

Microsoft gives the example of the virtual assistant telling someone that the person she s meeting with went to the same college she did, and giving her a quick update on how the school s sport's team did, presumably to give her some easy fodder for chitchat.

While many people use LinkedIn now, fewer than a quarter of those with accounts actually sign into the service on any given month.

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