When newly appointed Chief Executive Satya Nadella spelled out his vision for Microsoft in 2014, he pledged to revive a stagnant technology giant that had been eclipsed by more nimble and more mobile companies.
To do that, he said, “we must rediscover our soul -- our unique core.”
So where is the unique core of the $392-billion company that brought computers into the home and made Windows the default operating system for nearly two decades? The workplace, apparently.
With Monday’s $26.2-billion acquisition of professional networking site LinkedIn Corp. -- a deal that marks one of the biggest purchases in the history...