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Microsoft bolsters its business products by acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft bolsters its business products by acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

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...

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