It’s all about Microsoft this Monday—and fresh from announcing that it’s replacing Skype for Business with Teams, the Redmond Washington-based tech giant integrating LinkedIn profile into Microsoft apps. That means you can now easily grow your LinkedIn network with everyone you collaborate with. To make this absolutely easy, the company is adding Profile Cards to its Office 365 apps. Viewing your contact’s info won’t be the only thing you will be allowed to do with the new integration, you will also be able to add contacts right from within the app.
“Today, we’re announcing the ability to view LinkedIn profiles in Microsoft apps and services. This new experience, rolling out now to first release customers, provides rich insights about the people you’re working with—inside and outside your organization—right from within Office 365,” Microsoft said on Monday on its official blog.
LinkedIn recently announced that its user base had reached 500 million—a figure that reflects how far the company has come. A breakdown of the very important landmark, according to Aatif Awan Vice President, Growth & International Products, shows that LinkedIn now has more than 10 million jobs listed, more than 9 million company profiles, and over 100,000 business articles published each week. The professional network group presented its facts behind the figure with fun infographic that can be viewed last April.
The announcement is perhaps, the biggest one to be made by Microsoft since it announced it was acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016. LinkedIn’s primary goal is to connect professionals together—making them more productive and enabling them to maximize their potentials. With over 500 million members actively involved on the platform, it is difficult to look beyond why this acquisition won’t be a success for Microsoft.
“Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship with Microsoft, and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIn’s network, now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works,” LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner stated in a press statement on Monday. “For the last 13 years, we’ve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and I’m looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story.”
From October, you will start seeing Profile Cards first in Enterprise Outlook Web, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. Thereafter, it will be rolled out to personal accounts for Outlook Web, and while desktop and mobile versions of Outlook as well as other Microsoft Office apps in the coming months.
Microsoft also announced that it will be replacing Skype for Business with Teams. Teams is barely a year old, and the company is already finalizing plans to give it a big push to. The app was first announced back in November 2016, with only a handful of users able to access it at the time. It was and still is the biggest threat to Slack despite being less than a year in existence.
Teams has the advantage in terms of its deep integration into Office 365 apps, and has succeeded in winning the hearts of over 125,000 organizations. That perhaps, explains the reason why Microsoft is providing the app with all the backing it needs to replace Skye for Business.