With deep access to the LinkedIn social graph, Microsoft will be able to power new capabilities for work and collaboration across an employee's personal connections inside and outside the firm.
Most tech watchers were probably surprised by yesterdays huge announcement that Microsoft Corp. is buying LinkedIn. So what does Microsoft expect to get from it's $26 billion payout? One word data.
Information workers find in-office technologies stunted and ineffective, according to a new study by Forrester Research commissioned by Prysm, a provider of cloud-based interactive workspaces.
CEO Satya Nadella is trying to tilt the Redmond, Washington-based company toward selling software and services over the Internet, and the LinkedIn deal is a way to accelerate that shift.
NetSuite Inc. and Ultimate Software Group Inc. could both be targeted by companies including SAP SE, IBM Corp. and Oracle Corp. that want to strengthen their cloud-computing assets.