Microsoft yesterday surprised many by announcing its plans to acquire LinkedIn in a deal worth a whopping $26.2 billion. This is the biggest deal in Microsoft’s history, and certainly under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella. The acquisition will be completed by the end of this calendar year, but in the meantime the acquisition has become the butt of jokes on the internet and social media. Also Read - Windows 11 out now in “reliable” beta version, allows Dev Channel users to switch
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Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) June 13, 2016
Since Nadella’s announcement, people from all around the world took to Twitter to talk about the deal. While some people commented about the business aspect of the acquisition, others just spiced the event with trolls and memes.
Since yesterday, #LinkedInAcquisition and #MicrosoftLinkedIn have been the top trends on the micro-blogging website. Here are some of the responses by the Twitteratis:
Hemant (@hemantgaule) June 14, 2016
My Windows 10 PC now offers me job openings instead of a boot screen. #LinkedInAcquisition
Cyril D (@CyrilDabs) June 14, 2016
Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 13, 2016
Anurag Hota (@IamHota) June 14, 2016
It’s not just Twitter users either, someone on Reddit posted an alleged beta version of the new Microsoft-LinkedIn interface. The image shows LinkedIn with a Bing search bar on top and the Microsoft Word toolbar at the top. The image shows a section on one side that features access to Windows 10 and the classic old clippy at the bottom, bringing in notifications. Now, most likely this is just a meme pulled on around the news, but if it s true, this is so not what we were expecting out of the acquisition.
LinkedIn is one of the world s largest professional networks with over 433 million members worldwide. The network also boasts over seven million active job listings. Despite the recent struggles by both the companies, Microsoft believes this take-over can really boost its software offerings.
The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world s professionals, Nadella said. 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.
Talking about the biggest acquisition in the tech industry, although Microsoft-LinkedIn deal has become one of the biggest deals the industry has seen, but Dell s acquisition of the data-storage company EMC in October 2015, for $67 billion, remains to be the biggest deal ever.