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Geek on the Street: Will Microsoft’s big LinkedIn deal go boom or bust?

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Monday marked a pivotal day for enterprise oriented social media website LinkedIn, with the announcement that it will be acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion in cash. The deal is the largest in Microsoft’s historical past however not the largest the Redmond firm has tried. (That was its failed try to amass Yahoo.) Contemplating LinkedIn operated at a loss this previous quarter, the deal is much less about short-term earnings and extra about the long-term potential to impact Microsoft’s products.

So what do folks take into consideration the mixture of Microsoft and LinkedIn? After the information broke, GeekWire took to the streets to get preliminary reactions and common opinions on the acquisition, and the two corporations. Individuals additionally weighed in on the potential execs and cons of their union, and talked about their very own experiences utilizing LinkedIn. Under are their feedback, edited for readability.

Mike Burns, worldwide college instructor

“I’ve LinkedIn however hate LinkedIn. Do away with the bogus endorsements and the random connections. … I’ve individuals who have endorsed me on LinkedIn which have by no means seen me in the class, invitations from folks I don’t know, and other people aren’t actually it. I believe a part of it’s their metric on how folks can elevate their very own profile by having extra connections. So both customers randomly decide folks to attach with or there’s some algorithm that tries to match you up with random folks.”

“Make it extra helpful. If there have been truly real connections, in the event you actually might join with folks you needed to connect with, if the endorsements had been legit… perhaps it might be higher. So far as a networking software, it appears wonderful. However it looks like LinkedIn’s extra spam than an precise social community.”

Brad Creighton, educator for a home and sexual violence company.

“Effectively the very first thing I believed was: That’s some huge cash. However I additionally know that LinkedIn with the manner it’s rising might be good for Microsoft. I don’t all the time have a brilliant favorable opinion of Microsoft merchandise and issues, I exploit them, so I assume my hope is that if they will preserve LinkedIn shifting in the route it’s shifting, with no matter their strategic plan is to develop the community, I believe it may be very useful for each identities.”

How might Microsoft enhance LinkedIn’s interface, or do you suppose they may do the reverse?

“I don’t know…I don’t suppose they may do the reverse. I believe that Microsoft, being the company it’s, has plenty of assets accessible to them. Perhaps they will improve the bandwidth and put extra growth into completely different apps and completely different functionalities of LinkedIn. I believe which may make it extra useful for individuals who use it.”

“I believe integration may be actually good…I don’t prefer it when folks make issues necessary… so long as you don’t have to make use of Workplace to make use of LinkedIn I believe it will likely be OK. Simply because Workplace shouldn’t be the most cost-effective software program and I believe that might deny accessibility to lots of people. I additionally suppose there’s plenty of various things that Workplace can convey to LinkedIn. Simply when it comes to managing contacts and networking that might make it extra useful. I hope that at the very least they take the time to do some market analysis and investigation earlier than they roll something new out.”

Troy Woolman, tech program supervisor

“I believe [Microsoft] paid an excessive amount of cash. I believe that it’s a cool service however I don’t suppose there’s plenty of revenue to be made on it. However then once more, I don’t know rather a lot about acquisitions and cash in terms of big contracts like that. Apart from that, it’s going to be a service that lots of people are going to be utilizing.”

“I believe with the ability to combine LinkedIn with different providers Microsoft has could possibly be precious, however apart from that I don’t actually see the goal of Microsoft being the firm that purchases them.”

David Chen, bodily therapist

“That’s some huge cash. I can’t even fathom that a lot cash. I believe it’s good for LinkedIn in terms of advertising. It should enable them to succeed in out to lots of people they might not have been capable of attain earlier than.”

“I believe Microsoft will enhance the firm. You’re related to a big identify and a big company. You realize, they’re going to streamline issues and make it very accessible to different folks. They wouldn’t purchase it in the event that they couldn’t make it higher or make it simpler for different folks to make use of.”

Kim Fritsch, Nanny

Is LinkedIn value that a lot cash?

“Doubtlessly… I believe that Microsoft will make it higher. I believe Microsoft would possibly truly assist them as a result of they’ve a following. They’re somebody folks know and acknowledge. LinkedIn is one thing that everyone makes use of or has heard of, I imply you form of learn about it but it surely’s only one avenue. I truly suppose Microsoft might push it as much as the subsequent step. They’re only a good firm.”

“I say you combine them for ease of use… Hold enhancing them, make it simpler for folks to make use of. Like an iPhone.

William Mink, beer brewer

“I’m not that shocked by the information, but it surely doesn’t have an effect on me in any respect. I’ve a LinkedIn account, however I don’t typically go on there. The final time I went on LinkedIn was in all probability earlier than my present job, so two years in the past.”

“There’s not sufficient to do on the website. They may in all probability add extra options and alter the format somewhat bit. I do know lots of people, a few of my mates, suppose LinkedIn is form of a joke and I do know it’s good for locating jobs and networking and stuff however I’m positive [Microsoft] might add some options to attract new customers and improve visitors.”

“It might in all probability be helpful to combine with issues like Skype, it might be a very good networking software for folks on LinkedIn and help you talk extra simply. In the event you might do an interview on Skype via LinkedIn, I believe that will be actually cool and that will be a very helpful factor.”

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