This week marks the five-year anniversary of Office 365, and it’s remarkable to reflect on the progress Microsoft has made in the cloud market. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has made a highly publicized strategic shift towards the cloud. The CEO has called cloud computing the largest market the company has ever participated in.

The transition reflects users’ new preference for cloud-based software. Once a symbol of traditional IT conservatism, Microsoft is now reinventing itself as an innovator for the cloud-first world. The LinkedIn acquisition provides a glimpse into the company’s vision for a vast, cloud-powered professional ecosystem.

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