Microsoft Splurges $26.2 Billion Over LinkedIn.

Microsoft cashed out $26.2 billion which is $196 per share to acquire the social network for professionals with over 433 million users. The decision was met quite well with both the boards with agreement being that LinkedIn will be able to retain its originally distinct brand and CEO Jeff Weiner. The transaction is scheduled to close this calendar year.

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The Company opted to finance the acquisition through debt for obvious tax benefits attached to the particular mode of financing, Moody’s however said it was reviewing Microsoft’s AAA debt rating for a possible downgrade.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals, together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet.”

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

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“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,” Weiner said. “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.”

Jeff Weiner

The main aim of Microsoft is to stay and grow in the market by venturing into social media.

“It’s really the coming together of the professional cloud and the professional network,”

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 29: A Microsoft logo is seen during the 2015 Microsoft Build Conference on April 29, 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual developer conference which runs through May 1. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Microsoft aims to converge the two very different frameworks into one in such a  way that both complement each other.  LinkedIn could help attendees of meetings by keeping an synced calendar and learn more about one another directly. Sales representatives using Microsoft’s Dynamics software for managing customer relationships could pick up useful intel on potential customers from LinkedIn data. It is also a goldmine for recruiters, syncing LinkedIn data will open all sorts of doors for recruiters who pay large contractual fee to third part recruiting agencies .

LinkedIn is a massive networking site which caters to all working individuals, the site recently launched an application for smartphone users  that has led to increased member engagement. It has also acquired an online learning platform called Lynda.com. Microsoft sees Lynda as a potential future star. Lynda.com is a channel which offers training videos which Microsoft can use to provide support content for different programs used in offices such as Excel spreadsheets, Power point and the like.

LinkedIn will give Microsoft a far bigger reach in terms of social networking services and professional content. The deal may also help pave the way for future mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector, which will facilitate in bringing down the prices of public and private companies.

Microsoft LinkedIn Satya Nadela

Microsoft aims to converge the two very different frameworks into one in such a  way that both complement each other.  LinkedIn could help attendees of meetings by keeping an synced calendar and learn more about one another directly. Sales representatives using Microsoft’s Dynamics software for managing customer relationships could pick up useful intel on potential customers from LinkedIn data. It is also a goldmine for recruiters, syncing LinkedIn data will open all sorts of doors for recruiters who pay large contractual fee to third part recruiting agencies .

LinkedIn is a massive networking site which caters to all working individuals, the site recently launched an application for smartphone users  that has led to increased member engagement. It has also acquired an online learning platform called Lynda.com. Microsoft sees Lynda as a potential future star. Lynda.com is a channel which offers training videos which Microsoft can use to provide support content for different programs used in offices such as Excel spreadsheets, Power point and the like.

LinkedIn will give Microsoft a far bigger reach in terms of social networking services and professional content. The deal may also help pave the way for future mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector, which will facilitate in bringing down the prices of public and private companies.

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