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New Office 365 feature: Collaborate with LinkedIn connections  

Microsoft is rolling out a new feature to OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Online powered by LinkedIn to enhance the way users connect and collaborate with people outside their organization. This is one of the new experiences powered by LinkedIn that enhances the way users collaborate and build relationships by providing contextual insights and contact information for the people they work with, inside and outside their organization.

Microsoft estimates this will roll out to Targeted Release starting at the end of March and is expected to complete worldwide by the end of April.

LinkedIn Office 365 ConnectionHow does this impact me?
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 OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Online. This makes it easier for users at Seton Hall to collaborate with people outside our University without needing to know their email addresses.

This update respects all the existing external sharing policies and settings at Seton Hall. For example, this update will not suddenly enable external sharing with LinkedIn contacts for files which are not allowed to be shared externally. The OneDrive common sharing experience also implements safeguards to limit accidental external sharing by informing users when they have selected someone outside their organization.

What should I do to prepare for this change?
Users have control over this experience and must opt-in by securely connecting their LinkedIn and Microsoft accounts before they can use this feature. Connect your LinkedIn and Microsoft accounts has information for users about how to connect, what is shared, what’s not shared, and an FAQ.

Data is shared between the accounts to enable enhanced experiences in both Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn. The feature will not work if a first-degree connection is not sharing their email with their network. The feature also will not use data from Office 365 to send automatic LinkedIn invites.

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