ITU Blog: Microsoft’s LinkedIn deal highlights key ICT trends

Microsoft’s deal to purchase LinkedIn at a 50% premium to its share price is one of the largest tech acquisitions in decades.

It will be important to watch how the USD26.2 billion deal is implemented, because the move spotlights two trends with big implications for the enterprise cloud market – and, in turn, for the broader information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem. Productivity software is now a mature market that needs an infusion of sorts to retain profitability, while social networks are moving into the centre of our professional universe.

Of course, it will take a plan in place and integration that makes sense to culminate in a revenue stream that more than offsets the price tag.

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