Microsoft is gearing up to begin the rollout of a significant new feature for Office customers that also have LinkedIn accounts, bringing the company’s job placement network further into the Office suite. Essentially, customers can interact directly with their LinkedIn contacts to share and co-author documents. The feature works for OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Online.
With this update, users will be able to find many of their first-degree LinkedIn connections as people suggestions when sharing files or folders from the OneDrive and SharePoint websites, or from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Online. This makes it easier for employees in your organization to collaborate with people outside your organization without needing to know their email addresses.
Microsoft believes the rollout will take a full month with it beginning at the end of March and lasting until the end of April. As with any stage feature rollout, customers will get the feature when they get the feature.