LinkedIn announced on Monday that it was just acquired by tech giant Microsoft. The news may seem completely irrelevant to your day-to-day, but in an email that LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner sent to all employees and then posted on the network, he聽outlined some important changes the network is hoping to make. These updates could seriously change how we see our digital professional networks and make landing your dream job even easier.

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1. Your professional network will get bigger.聽If there鈥檚 one thing Microsoft has access to, it鈥檚 audience. The corporation鈥檚 products are used by over one billion people. If all these people were also on LinkedIn, it would more than double the business network鈥檚 users (the main reason LinkedIn sold). Theoretically, these new billion LinkedIn鈥檚 users will be inextricably woven into Bing searches and Microsoft Office products, meaning you鈥檒l have TONS of new connects to help you on the next phase of your career.

2. LinkedIn will integrate with Microsoft Office.聽If all goes according to plan, LinkedIn data will be available on Microsoft Office products like Word, Outlook, Skype, Calendar and Cortana. That means that if you鈥檙e typing a project on Microsoft Word, Office assistant can pop up and recommend experts that could help you complete the work. Calendar and Outlook will link up to LinkedIn and organize your professional meetings while building your professional network.

3. We鈥檒l all learn from Lynda.聽If you don鈥檛 know Lynda yet, LinkedIn hopes you will soon. Lynda is a video tutorial system teaching software, creative and business skills. The training program is owned by LinkedIn, but the acquisition hopes to integrate Lynda technology into Microsoft products. So theoretically, if you鈥檙e stuck and can鈥檛 figure something out on Microsoft Excel, Lynda technology will pop up and teach you all you need to know in video form. Plus, once you鈥檝e learned the skill, you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.

4. LinkedIn will be more relevant in your workday.聽Chances are, you aren鈥檛 using LinkedIn when at your desk. But you probably are using at least one Microsoft product. In the future, you could use LinkedIn as your company directory, weekly newsletter and digital meet center for collaborations. Those that freelance could use LinkedIn as a point of contact for their employers. More active daily use on LinkedIn will let future employers see exactly what it is that you do.

5. You might start using LinkedIn when you AREN鈥橳 even looking for a new job.聽If there鈥檚 one thing we all know to be true, it鈥檚 that everyone is most active on LinkedIn when they鈥檙e actively looking for a new job. But this new acquisition hopes to make LinkedIn even more than a job-seeking tool. It鈥檚 aspiring to become a complete business social network that employees and bosses use every day in their nine-to-five to make work more social and productive. That would mean actively collaborating via LinkedIn and forging new business connections even while you鈥檙e happily employed.

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