Developing relationships with developers and acquiring new talent is a huge opportunity here.
This is one of my favorite acquisition stories so far in 2018. GitHub (notice the cute mascot) really is the Switzerland of code. I’m not going to lie, this might not stay the same after the Microsoft acquisition. Devs have a way of preferring something that feels a bit more brand agnostic and independent.
However it’s also a huge opportunity for Microsoft to develop better relationships with devs, use the data to optimize its AI in the cloud and even cherry pick some of the best developers in the world to create a pipeline of new talent and hires for the AI-route Microsoft will be going.
.. Acquiring GitHub could give Microsoft unique insights and relationship opportunities to onboard some of the best developers in the world.
.. GitHub has “27 million software developers working on 80 million repositories of code,” according to Bloomberg.
That’s 27 million of the most valuable minds on the planet. What can full access to these repositories and people do for how Microsoft understand talent in the software developer vertical?
.. Presumably coupled with the data of LinkedIn, this kind of information can help train Microsoft’s AI and its ability to acquire the right people to build it’s assault on AI in the cloud and the future.
.. In the world of tech, you don’t want your average employee to be necessarily 33 years OLD. This is exactly the sort of reason Microsoft will acquire GitHub.
.. and it’s pretty much recognized many developers do their best work in their mid to late 20s (since the field is so dynamic).
“I absolutely think of LinkedIn as our Instagram,” Mr. Nadella said.
.. The company’s executives on Thursday will outline plans to integrate the professional identity people have on LinkedIn with Microsoft Outlook and the rest of the Office suite. LinkedIn members will be able to draft résumés in Word to update their LinkedIn profiles.
.. About 10,000 LinkedIn employees will join Microsoft.
IF Microsoft has its way, the vast membership of LinkedIn, the business networking site with more than 433 million members, will be instantly available to you while you use Microsoft products like Outlook or Skype. How many of LinkedIn’s members do you want to consult while also using Excel or typing away in Word? Microsoft is betting it’s a lot; this is part of its rationale for its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, announced on Monday.
.. “This combination will make it possible for new experiences,” he wrote, such as “Office suggesting an expert to connect with via LinkedIn to help with a task you’re trying to complete.”
.. Did Mr. Nadella, who has been at Microsoft since 1992, learn nothing from the Clippy disaster?
.. “Most of the most innovative writing tools now on the market position themselves precisely as distraction-free platforms,
.. But I suspect that both Mr. Nadella and Mr. Weiner are afflicted with extremely bad cases of Facebookenvy. Every tech company, including Microsoft, contemplated buying, or actually tried to buy, Facebook in its early days, and all are haunted by the thought of the deal that got away.
.. Microsoft’s and LinkedIn’s “graphs” will be connected, Mr. Nadella said, and “that’s when the magic starts to happen in terms of how digital work gets completed.” What Mr. Nadella fails to see is how extending LinkedIn’s “social fabric” to Word will kill the magic, not speed it up.
It is also further evidence that Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief executive, sees the company’s future further and further removed from the PC software that once helped the company’s co-founder Bill Gates turn Microsoft into the world’s most valuable company.
Though they operate in different businesses, Microsoft and LinkedIn make most of their money by catering to professionals. Executives involved in the deal said that the common thread prompted the acquisition.
“This deal is all about bringing together the professional cloud and professional network,” Mr. Nadella said in a telephone interview.
.. And with more than $100 billion in cash and short-term investments as its disposal, Microsoft is an attractive suitor