European Commission clears Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn; deal to close in coming days

The European Commission announced Tuesday in Brussels that it has cleared Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn.

Microsoft has now obtained all the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming days.

Tuesday’s clearance follows similar reviews and approvals in the United States, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. As part of discussions with the European Commission, Microsoft formalized several commitments regarding its support for third-party professional social networking services that compete with LinkedIn.

“With this regulatory process behind us, we can bring together two great companies and focus on even broader issues for the future,” writes Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith.

Read more on The Official Microsoft Blog.

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