LinkedIn today made few major announcements at a press event in the US. First, they are introducing something called Interest Feed which giving professionals even more ways to discover, search and dive deeper into relevant trending content. Second, they are redesigning the desktop web experience. Third, they are making messaging smarter with LinkedIn bot. Fourth, they are combining content from Lynda.com with LinkedIn’s professional data and network to announce LinkedIn Learning.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang, Jeff Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn discussed the company’s new products and industry consolidation. He also spoke about the acquisition by Microsoft which they are expecting to happen this calendar year. He said that LinkedIn teams are already planning for several integration once the acquisition closes. They have been working with Outlook, Office, Windows and Dynamics teams. He cited one example in detail. Once Outlook.com-LinkedIn integration is done, when someone send you an email, if you are less familiar with that person, you can add them to your LinkedIn network directly to get familiar with the person. If you are already connected on LinkedIn, you can check out their recent job change, their interests, etc, within the Outlook.com experience. They are also looking to integrate learning assets like Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning with Office. Also, taking advantage of Sales Navigator to improve Microsoft’s business applications like Dynamics. Watch his full video interview embedded above.