Microsoft And LinkedIn Officially Tie The Knot And Other Small Business Tech News This Week – Forbes

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Microsoft and LinkedIn are officially married.

The tech giant completed its roughly $26 billion acquisition of the social media company this week. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Why this is important for your business:

LinkedIn is arguably the most popular social media platform among businesses and professionals. With access to that data, look for many Microsoft products, particularly Office 365 apps, to allow customers to quickly and easily view and integrate information that was previously not available to them. Will your Outlook contacts morph into LinkedIn contacts? Yes, they will. Will you be reminded in LinkedIn to upgrade Windows? Sadly, I’m expecting that, too. (My company, The Marks Group, is a Microsoft Partner.)

2 – Amazon has officially disrupted the grocery business.

The planned new brand of grocery and convenience store will launch in 2017 in Seattle and will be called Amazon Go. Amazon Go promises that customers will be able to take things off the shelf and pay for them automatically through their mobile app to avoid lines and reduce internal staff, all based on the latest technology that I’m sure will work just perfectly every time. (Source: Forbes)

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