Microsoft is set to get the thumbs up for its takeover of professional social network LinkedIn by European authorities,
Microsoft announced plans to buy LinkedIn for $26bn (around £20bn) in July, saying that the deal would see the merging of the "world's leading professional cloud" with the "world's leading professional network".
The European Commission (EC) immediately sounded the alarm bells and started casting an eye over the mega-merger in October, quizzing Microsoft's rivals about the deal and looking at LinkedIn's data and whether rival sites can replicate it.
According to a new report at Reuters, the EC is set to approve the deal after Microsoft last week offered concessions that addressed its competition concerns.
It claims, having heard from "three people close to the matter", that Microsoft pledged to give LinkedIn's rivals access to its software such as its Outlook, giving them the tools to integrate Outlook APIs into their services.
Microsoft has also promised that it'll give hardware makers the option of installing competing social networks on PCs after the acquisition is complete, with a report at the Wall Street Journal noting that OEMs will also be given the ability to disable a LinkedIn shortcut that's packaged on the desktop of some machines.
News of the deal likely gaining approval unlikely will go down well with Salesforce, which tried to block Microsoft's LinkedIn acquisition and accused the former of anti-competitive behaviour. In other news, Salesforce also bid on LinkedIn and lost to Microsoft.
Speaking in September, Salesforce's chief legal officer Burke Norton said: "Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of LinkedIn threatens the future of innovation and competition.
"By gaining ownership of LinkedIn’s unique dataset of over 450 million professionals in more than 200 countries, Microsoft will be able to deny competitors access to that data, and in doing so obtain an unfair competitive advantage."
It's unclear when the EC will announce its decision, but previous reports claimed that it will rule on the deal by 6 December.
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