You’re staring at a spreadsheet and you’re stumped. Waiting for you in Help is a suggestion to connect with a freelance expert on LinkedIn. You exchange messages. Problem solved.
Now you’re worried about your Excel skills. Help suggests coursework. You spend nights becoming an Excel specialist through Lynda.com, the online learning company LinkedIn acquired last year. Not only does your expertise earn you admiration at the office (and a date!), but a recruiter also discovers the new course certificates on your LinkedIn profile. New job, healthy raise.
This isn’t the real world, at least not yet. But Microsoft’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn includes big dreams, and among them is education.