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Linkedin Microsoft virtual realityIt’s been predicted by some that in the not too distant future, virtual reality job interviews will be more commonplace than face-to-face sit-down interviews between an employer and his or her prospective employees.

So could this prediction have factored into Microsoft’s decision to acquire LinkedIn, the world’s foremost professional social network?

For sure, it isn’t the only objective. But it could be one of them.

As VRJournal has reported on multiple occasions in recent months, the growing use of virtual reality in the enterprise space is astonishing. And soon enough, VR could be a great tool for HR in the job application and screening stages.

With Microsoft an early VR pioneer, it’s difficult to imagine that the company would overlook this massive opportunity. Of course, for now, only the basic details surrounding today’s major news are known.

As MAW reported early Monday, Microsoft intends to acquire social network giant LinkedIn in a deal worth $26.2 billion.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365.”

The acquisition is expected to close before the end of 2016.

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