Microsoft has made a point recently of highlighting the popularity of its Windows Live services. The company boasted that it had issued 500 million Windows Live IDs as of April, and, just two months earlier, claimed that 300 million users had signed up for its Live Messenger IM service.
Now, Windows Live users will be able to sync with their accounts on LinkedIn, the leading social network for professionals, with a new integration that combines the contact records of the two services. Microsoft’s tie-up with LinkedIn for its Windows Live services builds on an earlier partnership between the two companies that connected Microsoft’s Outlook client with the social network. Datamation has the details.
Microsoft said that its Windows Live group, which produces free online consumer and small business products, is partnering with the leading business-oriented social network — LinkedIn.
The ties mean that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Live users will be able to link between LinkedIn and Windows Live services such as Hotmail and Messenger in order to share contacts, activities and updates.