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LinkedIn integration
with MS Teams

Febuary 14th 2022

By Matthew Phillips

We all use LinkedIn and Teams don't we?

I remember the good old days, when users used to ask us to stop Teams from opening with Windows, LinkedIn was a emerging networking tool and Facebook was for the cool kids.

According to my children, Facebook is for the oldies and Teams is a standard app that the have grown up using (more so due to the little pandemic you may have noticed). Even in work, we are now seeing LinkedIn as a standard part of our communication toolkit.  How often do I tell people to drop me a message on LinkedIn to arrange a meeting or call.  

Microsoft Teams has become the central part of my office suite, allowing me to access files, meetings chat.  what more do I need?

Well Microsoft. How about some integration?

As Microsoft owns both platforms, why can’t the two work together I hear you cry!  Well they are about to.  The Tech Giant is integrating the two popular apps and making Microsoft Teams even better.

Microsoft’s Teams app will allow you to view a persons profile from within the chat window,  we will have to wait to see how it will actually look, but I for one think this will be a great addition to what is already an awesome product.

You won’t have to wait long either, this feature is due of release in early March and will first be available in the 1-2-1 chats.

Where has this all come from?

Microsoft initially purchased LinkedIn in 2016 for a whopping £19 billion as their entry into social media. It has grown from 433 million members in 2016 to 810 million in Q4 of 2021. 

Looks like that was a good investment for Microsoft. This is partly due to the pandemic and the way we now do business around the world. Business networking meetings are at the moment a distant memory and I can’t remember the last time I handed out a business card (I’m sure those days will at least partly return).

We have also moved from a world of face to face meetings to  a new normal of video meetings and webinars.  We even use teams on our mobile phones, no longer restricting us to running our businesses from our desks.

Microsoft Teams has currently got more than 270 million users, so these two giant platforms coming together could prove big changes in the future.

What does this mean to you? Do you currently use these platforms? What other features would you like to see in Teams? We would love to hear your thoughts.

If you haven’t yet dipped your toes into the world of Teams, we can help you get it setup for your business, give us a call (or find us on LinkedIn).