Microsoft Offers EU Concessions Over Outlook Access to Win Approval for LinkedIn Deal – Wall Street Journal

BRUSSELS—In a bid to win European Union antitrust approval of its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp., Microsoft has proposed concessions that would allow rival professional social networks access to its Outlook programs, according to people familiar with the matter.

Microsoft has offered to allow other professional social networks access to its Outlook add-in program and Outlook APIs (or application programming interface, which allow various programs to communicate with one another) following its merger with…

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