Microsoft bought LinkedIn way back in 2016 in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion. At the time there was a lot of talk about the value of integrated LinkedIn to Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics.
Many years later we did see LinkedIn details in Outlook Contact cards, but not a great deal more.
Now Microsoft has announced some LinkedIn integration into Teams. Users will be able to see LinkedIn profiles of their colleagues in 1:1 chat, not in the contact card, but as a separate tab in the chat. Initially, this is limited to contacts within the tenant, but as the contact card updates are released, then this will be available for all contacts within and outside the tenant.
This will begin rolling out in mid-March and expect to complete by early April.
This requires that your tenant has the admin setting for LinkedIn integration turned on, it is enabled by default. If the person you are chatting to has a LinkedIn profile associated with the email/UPN or it will do a search by name (like Outlook), then their public photo and other details are now available as a tab in 1:1 conversation.
LinkedIn public profiles usually give name, where they work, job title, profile picture, bio and recent posts. An individual can configure their LinkedIn public profile to show more or less information.
I think there is much more potential here. Some ideas:
- LinkedIn details in contact cards
- For chats with users in different tenants or for users without photos in their tenant, use the LinkedIn photo as a profile picture in Teams/Office 365
- Federated chat and calls/meetings to LinkedIn maybe? LinkedIn already uses ACS for meetings
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 89132