back to article Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

Microsoft has offered "concessions" in return for letting its $26bn dollar acquisition of LinkedIn move ahead, according to officials from the European Commission. The officials refused to provide any further details over what those concessions were, however. The Commission is expected to decide whether to let the purchase of …

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  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Let them buy it but only if they fully opensource Windows.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      "Let them buy it but only if they fully opensource Windows."

      No way. It'd be like a cancer finding its way into other code.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      While I have a LinkedIn account, I've never gotten any benefit from it. I can't imagine why I'd want to keep it once the borg Microsoft absorbs it.

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "by gaining ownership of LinkedIn's unique dataset of over 450 million professionals in more than 200 countries, Microsoft will be able to deny competitors access to that data, and in doing so obtain an unfair competitive advantage."

    I'm sure everyone who gave away their data to LinkedIn could be persuaded to give it to any other site that might be set up, either by Salesforce or anyone else. "Unique" need only be a temporary description.

    1. Mark 110

      "I'm sure everyone who gave away their data to LinkedIn could be persuaded to give it to any other site that might be set up, either by Salesforce or anyone else. "Unique" need only be a temporary description."

      Equally if Linkedin were to launch a CRM suite to compete with Salesforce or Dynamics, would the EU then have to launch an antitrust suite against Linkedin for having an unfair competitve advantage due to the data they already owned?

  4. inmypjs Silver badge

    Please let them

    Please let them have Linkedin - not worth anywhere near to what they are paying for it.

    Let them mess it up like everything else they touch (no great loss) and hammer yet another self inflicted nail into their coffin.

    1. Mark 110

      Re: Please let them

      Go to bed!!! And dream happy thoughts!!! Too much bitterness and hate in this world already and much worse things in this woorld than a software company :-(

      Off to get Inmypjs too. Night all.

    2. BillG
      Gimp

      Re: Please let them

      Murphy's Rule of Personal Data: "Once they have your personal information, they will ignore laws and EULAs and exploit it at will".

      Also a Ferengi Rule of Acquisition.

  5. Norman Nescio Silver badge

    Business benefit?

    What business benefit are Microsoft expecting to obtain by gaining ownership of LinkedIn?

    Given that Microsoft are spending money and other resources on this acquisition, there must, in Microsoft's view, be a pretty good reason. I don't believe LinkedIn are directly profitable, so Microsoft must be valuing pretty highly some kind of business advantage they believe they can gain. Quite what that is, I don't know - the purchase price puts a 'value' on the data held on each individual, and presumably, Microsoft are looking to monetize at least that amount. I wonder how?

    Buying an something externally developed and integrating it into Microsoft's offerings has been a successful strategy for Microsoft in the past - both PowerPoint and Visio were not initially developed by Microsoft, and MS-DOS itself was a rebadged QDOS/86-DOS, bought from Seattle Computer Products. The strategy was less successful with the purchase of Nokia's phone business.

    Perhaps Microsoft are looking to integrate a LinkedIn client into the Office contacts function, and want control of the back-end?

    1. Mark 110

      Re: Business benefit?

      I would have thoughht the integration would be with Dynamics rather than Office. Which is why Salesforce are complaining annd why Salesforce also wanted to buy Linkedin.

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Business benefit?

      "Given that Microsoft are spending money and other resources on this acquisition, there must, in Microsoft's view, be a pretty good reason."

      You could have said the same thing in relation to Nokia.

  6. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

    So each LinkedIn account is worth $57.77.

    But how many of these accounts are actually active, and of those, how many are with people who might be monetised by MS?

    Seems at least 10x too expensive to me.

    Especially when many will jump to another platform as soon as MS buys this one.

    But I guess in the grand scheme of world domination perhaps it makes some sense. They will probably try to buy all competitors too.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Especially when many will jump to another platform as soon as MS buys this one."

      Will they?

      And which other one?

    2. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      already gone

      As soon as the deal was announced, approval or not, I deleted my profile.

      Linkedin was good once but has since deterioated into something that is IMHO worthless.

      Go ahead MS, pay billions for something you have no idea how to make relevant in todays world.

      1. cambsukguy

        Re: already gone

        Since I am one of those pointless accounts, it seems terribly overpriced.

        Then I heard that Snapchat are worth just as much, according to some.

        I just cannot see the value under any circumstances.

        I would hope for their sake (I am not an MS hater as most are here), that they save the money.

        But then, maybe it is not a Nokia, maybe there is a way to make money, or slow the competition or something worth that much.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Crypto next

    So they get all the information from the usual slurp channels and MS accounts, cross reference it against the business data from LinkedIn, build a relational model of much of the developed business world, launch their crypto currency for business with trust and validation links through the MS model.

    Will be a beast of a system.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Where's the Transparency???

    "The officials refused to provide any further details over what those concessions were, however."...

    Why?. ... Its like TTIP all done behind closed doors, nothing to see here!

    1. Badger Murphy

      Re: Where's the Transparency???

      You don't need to ask why. If it is done in secret and behind closed doors, with refusal to share the details, it is ALWAYS because the details are terrible.

      1. cambsukguy

        Re: Where's the Transparency???

        Laws and sausages, you do NOT want to see how they are made.

        Add huge takeover agreements to the list.

        And US presidents.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    LinkedIn.com shut me down twice this year for complaining about SECURITY issues!

    I have been shut down by LinkedIn.com

    I think it's becasue i purchased securelinkedin.com for my Secure Linked Inverness to Aberdeen A96.uk project with LoRaWAN with AES-ECB in hardware, they don't like real security in krap systems like LoRaWAN.

    All my posts were MODERATED and 90% never got published.

    CENSORSHIP is very ugly Micro$oft.

    I hope you all have a good short life EXEC's & VP's & CEO's

    You're just not helping people at all.

    POLICE STATE SCOTLAND.

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