Microsoft is no stranger to chat functions, but Microsoft Teams has become the gold standard of business chat communications. The recent shift from in-office work to working from home wouldn’t have been possible without a reliable, scalable way for workers to communicate and collaborate with each other.
There will always be new Microsoft Teams enhancements and one of the latest is LinkedIn integration. Modern workplaces also use LinkedIn as a business-centric social network that allows people with common threads to connect and share experiences. Microsoft has been expanding how its business applications use LinkedIn, and one notable integration is with Microsoft Teams.
This new feature adds a user’s Microsoft account to LinkedIn, and allows Teams users to learn more about their coworkers and people outside of the organization. This opens up new avenues of communication during onboarding or when working on a special project across different external and internal teams.
What Kind of Information Can Be Shared When I Link Microsoft Teams to LinkedIn?
Once your organization enables it, your employees can add LinkedIn’s professional network within Microsoft apps such as Teams and Outlook. When communicating with someone outside of your organization, you can send an invitation to connect or discover shared interests. This works internally and externally and can be a powerful way to personalize how your users interact with people.
Your organization can use LinkedIn data to customize the user experience within your organization’s Microsoft apps and services. While your organization doesn’t store the LinkedIn data that enables customized experiences (as with other services you connect to your organization-owned account), your organization may be able to access and audit the connected services and data pursuant to its data use and privacy policies.
Here is the data that LinkedIn will share with a user’s Microsoft account:
- Profile data – Your LinkedIn identity, contact information, and any information a user shares with others on their LinkedIn profile
- Subscription data – Any user subscriptions to LinkedIn applications and services
- Connections data – Microsoft includes a user’s entire LinkedIn network with profiles and contact information
- Interests data – Microsoft uses interest information, which includes user groups, people, and topics followed
When a user connects with LinkedIn, Microsoft also shares information from their account, including:
- Profile data, including photos and company contact information
- Calendar events, including times, locations, and attendees
- Contact lists from Outlook, Teams, and other Microsoft account services
As Microsoft Gold Partners, We Help You Enhance Your User Experience
Working from home may solve myriad cost and logistical issues for a business, but it may lead to certain employees feeling isolated from their teams or the business as a whole.
By integrating LinkedIn information with Microsoft Teams, your users have new information at their fingertips and the person at the end of a chat box or an email becomes more than a recipient. Now it’s easy to share content, connect to mobile devices, join meetings, and contact team members all in real time with the added convenience of information directly from LinkedIn.
As Microsoft Gold partners, SBT understands how to link Microsoft Teams to LinkedIn and securely integrate these tools with your current networks. Reach out to us today to learn more.