Microsoft is offering EU antitrust regulators concessions in the hopes of gaining approval for its pending purchase of LinkedIn.
That's according to a Nov. 16 Reuters report, which also claimed that the move occurred after "the EU competition enforcer expressed concerns about the deal at a meeting with Microsoft executives last week".
Reuters said the European Commission will rule on the Microsoft-Linkedin deal by Dec. 6. At that time, it will either approval the deal (with said concessions) or open a full investigation regarding Microsoft's purchase. Last I heard, the EU was required to issue a decision as to whether it intended to explore the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal by Nov. 22.
Microsoft officials recently have committed publicly to providing LinkedIn data to other companies, rather than keeping it only for Microsoft's own use.
The Softies also have said they believe that Microsoft and LinkedIn's data graphs are mutually complementary. Microsoft is expected to use LinkedIn's data and algorithms to bolster its Dynamics CRM/ERP line, its Office family of products and services, and other parts of the company's productivity-related businesses.
I've asked Microsoft for comment on the Reuters report, but no word back so far. Update: A Microsoft spokesperson said the company had no comment.
Update (Nov. 21): Reuters had another report today, Nov. 21, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter, claiming Microsoft is making concessions in two areas: continued access by other professional social networks to Microsoft's API, and the ability of OEMs to install either LinkedIn or rival professional social networks.