Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Interesting is not the word for this purchase/acquisition by Microsoft of LinkedIn.  I will reserve judgment at this time because it appears Microsoft is initially going to remain hands off in terms of brand and function.  I do expect significant integration into Microsoft’s business-centric cloud offerings including Office 365 to happen sooner rather than later.


Microsoft Ups Its AI Game With $250M Acquisition Of SwiftKey Predictive Keyboard Technology

This appears to be a clear play for the AI technology since Microsoft has largely divested itself of its Nokia holdings.  That said, the rumors of a Surface phone might also mean additional value for this acquisition.