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LinkedIn's first big move since the $26.2 billion Microsoft acquisition is basically a 'school' for getting a better job
(Matt Weinberger/Business Insider) Today, LinkedIn has launched LinkedIn Learning — its first major product launch since the news last June that Microsoft would be snapping up the social network for $26.2 billion in a deal that has yet to close.
“It’s increasingly important that we can provide a just-in-time, always on learning platform,” Weiner says.
The new product combines the Lynda.com classes with LinkedIn’s social network. If you find a job you want on LinkedIn, for instance, you can pull up a pre-determined list of recommended classes that will help teach you the skills you’d need to apply. Once you’ve cleared the course, you can add it to your profile so you look better to potential employers.
You can pay for your classes a la carte, or they’re included in LinkedIn Premium subscriptions. Soon, LinkedIn says, companies will be able to buy LinkedIn Learning subscriptions on behalf of employees and offer classes to help them advance.
Weiner says that while these plans tie in nicely to Microsoft’s vision for LinkedIn, LinkedIn Learning has been in the works since before the two companies even entered talks.
LinkedIn also previewed a forthcoming new update to its website design: