Microsoft is offering to crack open access to LinkedIn to secure European Commission approval for its $26bn purchase of the social network for suits.

The software giant is reportedly offering competition regulators the continued prospect of open access to LinkedIn s APIs as well as allowing OEMs to install LinkedIn on their devices in addition to social networks from rivals.

LinkedIn would be Microsoft's largest ever corporate purchase by price.

Reuters reported that Microsoft s proposed LinkedIn terms are intended to show Microsoft would not favour LinkedIn at the expense of rivals.

A Commission spokesperson told The Reg: The Commission can confirm that remedies were received in this case.

The updated deadline for the Commission to take a decision is 6 December."

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