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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

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    TheTraveler

    Microsoft is to buy online CV endorsement factory LinkedIn for $26.2bn, it has just announced.

    The acquisition was announced by Microsoft on their website.

    The all-cash transaction values LinkedIn at $26.2bn, inclusive of LinkedIn's net cash. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of it and report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

    twenty six billion. Why? What, okay

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    magicalclick

    hmmmm... Wth.

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    TexasToast

    The business facebook.  The new way to search for work or employees.  No more resumes and flying people in for interviews, interviews will happen with skype and save time and money.   It has potential for Microsoft continuing business software and maybe getting out of consumer stuff even more. Maybe they can use linkedIn to replace HR departments with software.   (who needs human resources anyway).   LinkedIn can be a valuable asset if you tie it with office software, email, skype, cloud management of data,  and it becomes the way human capital is managed.

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    Michael Butler

    Maybe now we'll get a decent Windows 10 UWP app for LinkedIn. Not that I use it much, but it is very big in the corporate I work for.

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    Ian2

    anyone worked out how much ms have paid per LinkedIn user?

     

    just curious how much I am worth ☺

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    itsnotabug

    , Ian2 wrote

    anyone worked out how much ms have paid per LinkedIn user?

     

    just curious how much I am worth ☺

    i've seen $65/user number thrown around for this deal. seems like a premium, although who knows what their grand vision will be. they could have become the defacto head-hunter for skilled positions by just leveraging the data but instead opted to sell access to the data to traditional head-hunter types.

    i just wish they would've negotiate $64.50/user and kept their OTA DVR promise for the xbox one :)

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    vesuvius

    @itsnotabug: They are going to use AI to get rid of recruitment agencies and consultants so 26 billion will be small change from what they will generate in a decade

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    fanbaby

    Now Microsoft gets a second chance after that Yahoo deal fall apart :P

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    vesuvius

    , fanbaby wrote

    Now Microsoft gets a second chance after that Yahoo deal fall apart :P

    What second chance? A Yahoo deal would have gone the way the Nokia deal did, they did well because the deal fell through!

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    fanbaby

    @vesuvius: And this one won't go the Nokia way? ;)

    EDIT: or the same way of almost ANY Microsoft online buy (verdict not out on Skype yet)

    EDIT EDIT: or Bing for that matter

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    vesuvius

    , fanbaby wrote

    @vesuvius: And this one won't go the Nokia way? ;)

    EDIT: or the same way of almost ANY Microsoft online buy (verdict not out on Skype yet)

    EDIT EDIT: or Bing for that matter

    Trolling...

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    Bass

    It's a good year to acquire companies as the valuations are lower then usual. Nokia was a dead man walking. LinkedIn cornered their market and is still growing. $26bn is a good price for tech+data company with $3bn in revenue and still growing. Even just as pure investment. But there is MAJOR strategic value here.

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    elmer

    , TheTraveler wrote

    The all-cash transaction values LinkedIn at $26.2bn, inclusive of LinkedIn's net cash.

    All-Cash from Linked-In's perspective, All-Debt from Microsoft's.

    According to Bloomberg, MS are borrowing to make this purchase because (as Bloomberg speculates) they will save about $9B in US taxes.

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    itsnotabug

    the data around the connections is probably more valuable than any other user base out there, except fb and google. linkedin also owned video training and other hr-type assets so maybe we'll see a vertically integrated hr solution that does everything from recruiting, to career development training, business social network/publishing (pulse)... could ms be managing my payroll and benefits next?

    as an aside... i had no idea how huge a fee head-hunters made when placing a candidate that sticks around. depending on the available talent pool, up to 1/3 of the candidate's salary for 3 months... for basically what amounts to placing an ad, doing an interview and doing the introduction. huge revenue potential just around the referral and certification of skills/interview.

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    cheong

    @TexasToast:The HRs' job is more than hiring. They also need to handle staff benefits (medical and other insurance, learning and other allowances), staff payrolls (in big companies, their account department will request HR to calculate the data for them), exit interviews, etc.

    In a company that I worked before, your department head can just norminate you for promotion but the final decision is from the HR manager (We had a System Administrator II got denied to promote to Assistant Manager grade because the HR manager said he has not been working in the company long enough).

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    fanbaby

    While they say any publicity is good publicity, not sure about LinkedIn's public image.

    Here's something I saw a few months back:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/09/23/universal_new_yorker_cartoon_captions_hi_i_d_like_to_add_you_to_my_professional.html

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    cheong

    @fanbaby: I do found it funny, though.

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    cbae

    , cheong wrote

    @TexasToast:The HRs' job is more than hiring. They also need to handle staff benefits (medical and other insurance, learning and other allowances), staff payrolls (in big companies, their account department will request HR to calculate the data for them), exit interviews, etc.

    In a company that I worked before, your department head can just norminate you for promotion but the final decision is from the HR manager (We had a System Administrator II got denied to promote to Assistant Manager grade because the HR manager said he has not been working in the company long enough).

    Load up on WDAY. Imagine LinkedIn having verifiable employment history provided by Workday.

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