<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2016/06/microsoft-buying-linkedin/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-719" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/linkedin-jedi.jpg" alt="linkedin-jedi" width="575" height="270" />I wrote a quick post about Microsoft and LinkedIN yesterday</a>, and then updated it with a couple of humorous comments. Since then the world has (inevitably) burst forth with a lot of opinions as to what it all means. And of course the stock market reacted accordingly. I too have had time to think and assemble some thoughts.

The immediate comment that has emerged is the age old – ‘Microsoft have a bad history of acquisitions’ – good luck with that.

I touched on it myself (remembering the ghosts of Skype, Yammer and Groove along the way), but went on to remind that the bad history of acquisitions isn’t about the company per se, but about the people that made the decision – and then execute. I wrote; Continue reading

            <img class="alignleft wp-image-7619 size-thumbnail" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BB-Highlight-01-150x150.jpg" alt="BB-Highlight-01" width="150" height="150" />Microsoft's track record for acquiring companies and doing great things is not good. But, there is now a new CEO who is clearly far more equipped and definitely more talented than his predecessor - so I have my fingers crossed.

For a long time LinkedIN had been losing its way. I published this (for example) three years ago today. 

So, Reid Hoffman is a genius, with a great vision. I just wish he’d join LinkedIn, and implement some of it.

I hope it works out for them, I really do, but there are some serious and significant changes that need to be made to get it back on track.

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This deals makes a lot of sense, and if nothing else, it will help the 8 people using Windows phones to connect with one another.

… Dave Pell

$26B – about a 50% premium to LinkedIn’s market value.  Talk about a pre-emptive bid!  LinkedIn is basically the Facebook of the business world.   And now it will be the property of the default provider of mediocre software to the business world.  What could possibly go wrong?

… Dave Frier