Achieve more through people with LinkedIn and Microsoft 365

Published Sep 25 2018 06:00 AM 16.9K Views

An organization's most important assets are its people. We’re announcing two new ways to use the power of the LinkedIn network within your daily workflow, building on last year’s announcement of the ability to see LinkedIn profile information in Outlook on the Web, OneDrive, and SharePoint in Office 365. These new experiences, powered by LinkedIn, enhance the way you collaborate and build relationships by providing contextual insights and contact information for the people you're working with, inside and outside your organization.

How often do you get an email or walk into a meeting not knowing much about the people you’re about to collaborate with? Now, you can simply hover over a contact's name to see information from their LinkedIn Profile, such as where they work, what they do, and where they went to school.

Whether it’s a colleague, customer or partner, these details help you better understand who that person is so you can start off on the right foot and collaborate effectively, even when outside your organization. But our vision is to help you deepen existing relationships as well, helping you discover new things about the people you work with every day.


Soon, whether you have met previously or work together every day, you will also soon be able to see LinkedIn information directly in meeting invites, so you can walk into the meeting with important highlights about attendees, from when you last worked together to their work anniversaries.




And you will be able to coauthor documents with many of your first-degree LinkedIn connections in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and send emails to them directly from Outlook, without needing to have their email addresses stored in your contacts. This brings your corporate directory and your LinkedIn network together, so you never lose touch with the contacts who can help you succeed, inside or outside your organization. And you no longer need to worry about losing touch with important contacts.



Of course, all of that is made possible by securely connecting your LinkedIn account with your Microsoft 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 respect your privacy and honor the settings you chose, including who can see your email address.

To get started, simply open a person’s Profile Card and click on the LinkedIn match. On the screen, if you have never done this before, 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. Now, you’re then ready to view useful information about people you’re interacting with, within LinkedIn and in your Office applications.

LinkedIn integration in the Office web apps will gradually start rolling out in the coming months for Office 365 users and to Outlook on the web users who have opted in to the new Outlook on the web, and world-wide availability will come in 2019. We are exploring the opportunity to bring these new capabilities to other platforms, and we are excited to continue bringing more intelligent experiences to users soon based on your feedback. 

You’ll only see LinkedIn information if you or your organization have received an update that includes these capabilities and if you have connected your Microsoft 365 account with LinkedIn. These features are being introduced gradually, so the features you see may differ from what has been announced.



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