You can now view your LinkedIn profile on Microsoft Teams, if you wish

Microsoft is set to bring together some of its most successful software offerings in a new update to its video conferencing platform.

The company has announced that it is working on a new feature that will display LinkedIn profiles in Microsoft Teams.

The information will be displayed in personal chats, which means that colleagues can find out more about their colleagues, for example when planning a project or seeking help with onboarding.

Microsoft Teams LinkedIn

official entry into the Microsoft 365 roadmap notes that the change will allow users to see their colleagues’ LinkedIn profiles in 1:1 chats only to get started. Users will be able to view information about a person’s profile through the LinkedIn tab in the 1:1 chat panel.

The update is still in development, with Microsoft currently planning a March 2022 release date. The tool is also noted as generally available to all global users on the web and desktop versions of Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016 for around $26.2 billion as it sought to gain a foothold in the social media space. The move has so far proven successful, with Microsoft’s most recent financial results showing productivity and business processes, which include Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn, grew 19% year-on-year to 15, $9 billion.

However, the site has struggled to break into the potentially lucrative Chinese market, with Microsoft being forced to launch InCareer, a brand new app just for Chinese users after being forced to withdraw its standard offering.

Elsewhere, however, LinkedIn appears to be seeing strong growth in other markets, with Microsoft recently announcing the launch of its global services marketplace for freelancers and the addition of a Hindi option, opening up the service to over 600 million. of speakers in the world.

Microsoft Teams continues to go from strength to strength, with the company’s latest figures showing the service now has more than 270 million monthly active users (MAUs).

Recent data collected by software company StarLeaf revealed that almost all businesses (97%) say tools such as Zoom, Webex and Teams are now essential to their operations.

More than half (57%) of the 2,000 UK-based respondents say their business couldn’t run for more than an hour without access to their communication tools, while 27% admitted they would struggle to operate even for 30 minutes.

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