Now that Microsoft s massive $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn has officially closed, it s time for the next step: figuring out how its massive store of business information can best be used by Microsoft and its customers.
Building upon the company s integration plan outlined earlier this year, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella laid out a set of plans for short-term integration with LinkedIn in a blog post on LinkedIn, natch , with advantages for both consumers and business customers.
Perhaps the most interesting will be closer ties between resume functions in Word and in LinkedIn, so that users drafting resumes in Word will be able to update their LinkedIn profiles automatically.
Nadella suggests that LinkedIn updates will propagate through Windows 10 s Action Center, and that your LinkedIn identity will be used in Outlook and in Office.
Business customers will be able to benefit from LinkedIn Learning online education, available as a feature of the paid Office 365 subscription.
LinkedIn Lookup—a competitor of sorts to Microsoft s Delve, which aggregates information about your colleagues and contacts—will be integrated into Office 365, Nadella wrote.