Microsoft/LinkedIn: Big data and conglomerate effects in tech markets* In a nutshell: The Microsoft/LinkedIn case is an important development in the Commission's assessment of mergers involving data-related issues in tech industries. It provides further guidance on the framework for the assessment of 'big data' issues and offers an insight into how the Commission looks at complex conglomerate issues in the tech industries. Introduction On 6 December 2016, the Commission approved in first phase the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft subject to remedies. LinkedIn operates the well-known professional social networking platform, while Microsoft's flagship products include the Windows line of operating systems and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. The main elements
The EU Commission clears the acquisition of a leading global professional social networking platform by a leading global software company, subject to 5-year remedies that include monitoring and prevention of tying (Microsoft / LinkedIn)
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