LinkedIn has opened up its platform to software developers and provided an interface with Microsoft Outlook.
The social networking site for business users has partnered with companies including IBM, Research in Motion and most recently Microsoft, to invest in both functionality and scalability of the platform.
In Microsoft Office 2010 users will be able to access the Outlook Social Connector. which integrates business and social networking feeds into your Outlook.
LinkedIn is the first networking site to support the Outlook Social Connector and will be available in early 2010. "Our big belief is that you can be much more effective if you have your professional network close at hand, and you can leverage your online identity in the work you do on a daily basis. The Outlook Social Connector will bring your LinkedIn Professional Network to where you work - right within your e-mail inbox," said Elliot Shmukler, director, product management at LinkedIn.
The site has three million UK users. Kevin Eyres, managing director at LinkedIn UK, said, "With the planned site developments and the expanding community, the next few years will be as exciting as the last two. I look forward to celebrating the next milestone with you all and the other professionals we welcome over the coming months and years"
LinkedIn recently tied up with Twitter to get users to tweet their business advice.