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Two ways to unlock the power of the LinkedIn network within your daily workflow that we’ve previously announced are becoming available to a wider set of users. These experiences, powered by LinkedIn, enhance the way you collaborate by surfacing relevant information for the people you're working with, inside and outside your organization, when you connect your Office 365 and LinkedIn accounts.  

Now, in Outlook on the web and OneDrive and SharePoint in Office 365, you can simply hover over a contact's name to see information from their LinkedIn Profile, such as your mutual connections, their work experience, and education.

Whether it’s a colleague, customer, or partner, these details will help you make a more meaningful start to the conversation. And, if you're not already connected, you can send a LinkedIn connection invite directly from the profile card. This feature is now generally available.

Now rolling out to Targeted Release, you can also send emails and coauthor and share documents with many of your first-degree LinkedIn connections right from Outlook on the web, OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Online by just typing a name in the “To” or “CC” field when composing a new message or sharing a document. This sends the email or document to their primary email address with LinkedIn and is only available if your organization allows external sharing.

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To enable these features, simply open a person’s profile card and click on the LinkedIn icon. On the screen, if you have not connected your accounts yet, it will first let you know that your organization is providing you with the power of LinkedIn. From there, a small LinkedIn window will pop-up where you can sign-in and consent for Microsoft applications to retrieve LinkedIn data on your behalf.  Next, consent for LinkedIn to access some of your Microsoft application data to complete the picture. You’re then ready to view useful information about people you’re interacting with, within LinkedIn and in your Office applications.

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You’ll only see these features if you or your organization have received an update that includes these capabilities and if you have connected your Office 365 account with LinkedIn.

These new capabilities are made possible by securely connecting your LinkedIn account with your Office 365 account. Connecting your accounts shares basic info – such as your profile, your contacts, and your calendar – to improve your daily experience both with LinkedIn and Office 365. We do not share your meeting titles, meeting locations, or correspondence—those stay private. You’re in control of your account and can turn off data sharing at any time. We respect your privacy and honor the settings you chose, including who can see your email address.

As an IT admin, you are in control of the availability of this feature in your tenant. LinkedIn integration for enterprises is enabled by default in Azure AD for most tenants and, only with each user’s consent, lets your users view both public LinkedIn data and, their personal LinkedIn network from within Microsoft apps. Disabling this feature stops data sharing between LinkedIn and your organization via Microsoft services. Learn more about how to manage this feature here.

These features are not available for customers using Microsoft Cloud for US Government, Microsoft Cloud Germany, or Azure and Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in China.

 

We are excited to continue bringing more intelligent experiences to users in the coming months and look forward to hearing your feedback.

 

 

 

 

3 Comments
Super Contributor

Same as with new insights features in OWA, wonder when this will make its way into other (most used) options of Outlook (desktop and mobile).

Microsoft

Thank you for your feedback, Oleg. It’s on our road map and we will be sharing information in the future as soon as these features become available in Outlook on other platforms. 

Occasional Visitor

Much needed.  Cant wait to see the actual implementation docs as to how it was made possible.