(This article was updated on Dec. 12)

Microsoft is presenting its mammoth $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn as the lynchpin of a sweeping effort to reinvent the professional workplace. Few specifics have been available since the merger was announced this past June, but with the formal completion of the deal last week, the two companies have said they will soon begin providing more details about their plans. Today, we begin a three-part series that examines the combined company’s potential to revolutionize the way knowledge workers do their jobs.

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