Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft and LinkedIn deal
Microsoft on Monday announced to acquire professional networking website LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal billed as one of the largest such acquisitions in the social media space.

LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence and Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, Indian-born Microsoft CEO, the tech giant said in a statement.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals. Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet,” said Nadella.

“Today is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn. I see incredible opportunity for our members and customers and look forward to supporting this new and combined business,” added Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn.

LinkedIn achievements
19 percent growth year over year to more than 433 million members
9 percent growth to more than 105 million unique visiting members per month
49 percent growth to 60 percent mobile usage
34 percent growth to more than 45 billion quarterly member page views
101 percent growth to more than 7 million active job listings

Over the past year, LinkedIn has launched a new version of its mobile app that has led to increased member engagement and enhanced the LinkedIn newsfeed to deliver better business insights.

It acquired an online learning platform called to enter a new market and rolled out a new version of its Recruiter product to its enterprise customers.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both LinkedIn and Microsoft. The deal is expected to close in this financial year. IANS