Adding LinkedIn’s Profile Card on Office 365 Offers a Simple Way to Build a Professional Relationship
September 25, 2017
Over my career, I’ve learned that the success of a project is often determined by the strength of the team. That’s why it’s important to take time to know the people you work with, and it’s why I’m excited to share LinkedIn’s integration into the Office Profile Card, bringing personalized LinkedIn insights directly into your Microsoft Office 365 experience. This makes it easier to develop authentic relationships with your colleagues, your customers, and your partners, and is part of our efforts to help you be more productive and successful.
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How often do you get an email or walk into a meeting not knowing much about the people you’re about to collaborate with? According to Microsoft more than half of the emails its users receive are from people outside their organization. We know how much relationships matter, and now with Profile Card in Microsoft Office 365, you’ll have a quick and easy way to find more information about the people you work with, all without having to leave your workflow.
After you connect your LinkedIn account to your Microsoft account, you’ll seamlessly discover more insights within the Profile Card in your Inbox, your calendar and contacts lists. 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. For example, when you receive an email from someone you haven’t met, you can instantly identify them and make a more meaningful start to the conversation. Or, if you’re not already connected with someone you collaborate with in Office 365, you can send a LinkedIn connection invite directly from Profile Card.
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 efficiently, even when outside your organization. But our vision is to help you deepen existing relationships as well — surprising you with what you may not know about the people you work with every day.
Set up is easy: Simply open a person’s Profile Card and click on the LinkedIn match. On the screen, it will ask you to sign into your LinkedIn account. Click Yes, let’s go, and accept and then you’re ready to view useful information about people you’re interacting with.
LinkedIn’s integration with the Profile Card in Office 365 will start to roll out in the coming weeks on Outlook on the web, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, starting with Microsoft’s First Release program in October. The LinkedIn integration will be coming soon to Outlook.com customers. It will be available on Outlook for Windows, Outlook for iOS, and other Office products in the coming months.
We’re always looking forward to finding ways to make you more productive, and we’re working with Microsoft on a number of exciting new features for Office 365. Look out for more news in the coming months.