Could Microsoft Dynamics find its best use yet through Linkedin


Microsoft announced its desire to acquire LinkedIn in June 2016. Microsoft placed a huge bet on its Dynamics with the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) foundation. The deal was risky but Microsoft managed to buy the professional social network for $26.2 billion. The initial vision focussed on how to expand its engagement with business professionals that lay across LinkedIn, Dynamics and Office365.

Jeff Wiener, the CEO of LinkedIn addressed her LinkedIn employees in an open letter stating how they would continue to work on growing LinkedIn and creating value for its members and customers. Jeff also said that over the coming months, they would integrate products to leverage Microsoft’s scale like extending the reach of the sponsored content across the Microsoft properties, availability of LinkedIn learning on Office 365, trying to redefine the social selling through using the combination of Sales Navigator and Dynamics 365 etc.

The crucial change needed was to move LinkedIn employees from Google Apps to Office and Dynamics 365. CEO Satya Nadella commented on how this acquisition would connect the world’s leading professional cloud with professional network to create and connect intelligent and productive experiences.

Microsoft Dynamics has found its best use through LinkedIn.

Now, LinkedIn is used as a recruitment engine and lead generation for the Microsoft’s enterprise products. Microsoft has linked Dynamics 365 (InsideView aggregates data) and LinkedIn Sales Navigator tool (public profile data) to provide access to the sales people about its database of more than 500 million users.

The LinkedIn for Microsoft Dynamics CRM application allows one to view their LinkedIn information consisting of contacts, leads, accounts and opportunities, directly in the Dynamics CRM. Installing the application saves the consumer from the problem of switching between multiple tabs and browsers for gathering key profile, activity information, leads and connection.

LinkedIn has always been one of the most important tools in the sales rep toolkit, even more than the internal CRM solution. LinkedIn account is all about having up-to-date information about contacts, connections to them for gaining references, online communities etc. With its merger with Microsoft, the InsideView or Insights in CRM has increased its potential.

The customer experience has been enhanced drastically by being able to selectively track the conversations of LinkedIn in CRM. it also helps that the connections of employees to the individuals within LinkedIn can be viewed by everybody.

Earlier, CRM solutions contained bad data. CRM users were wading through bad data, but linking them with a professional self-maintained source of customer and prospective data collector LinkedIn, cleared the redundant, outdated and trivial data. Active LinkedIn profiles always have the up-to-date, accurate and deepest information available for contacts in business.

Recruiters using both the LinkedIn and Dynamics CRM get the more benefits than the sales rep. An organization can engage their employees more effectively by connecting them together on the basis of their engagement levels, strengths and interests.

Cost is saved and higher employee engagement is seen since Microsoft has integrated LinkedIn under its umbrella. It provides the ability to sync with Outlook, track the internal communications going on, integrate the payroll etc. The new tool had enabled the HR team to recruit, source and retain the employees while referring to the data inside LinkedIn.

There is huge potential in Microsoft and LinkedIn working together for impacting STEM skills gap. The Economic Graph has provided a fresh platform of information for fuelling the Azure-based applications.

This merger has enabled the next generation to acquire tools for participating in the digital revolution via their skills.




A fidget spinner is a kind of stress relieving toy which has gained immense popularity and has become a rage in the market today. They have actually become a part of everyday conversation. The fidget spinners are small ball bearing devices that can be rotated between one’s fingers.

Taking the internet by storm, where everyone is trying to DIY a new kind of fidget spinner, these fidget toys are also helpful in providing a therapeutic relief from anxiety, autism and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They provide a controlled sensory experience for focussing one’s excessive energy on while getting bored. They act as a release mechanism for nervous energy and also psychological stress.

Whether or not their therapeutic claims are true or simply exaggerations, these spinners have taken over the world and everyone is enchanted with their simplicity yet mystifying physics. The best part is that they are extremely inexpensive. And what’s more? You can very easily DIY a fidget spinner yourself.


5 Most Amazing DIY Fidget Spinners that you can make it at your home



Do you want to make a fidget spinner which can also be eaten later on? Well, here’s how you do that.


  • Add some boiling water to a bowl and add gelatine to it.
  • Take a whisk and mix the two of them together. The process of mixing must be fast or it would start setting.
  • Add some food colouring to it (your choice of colour). Now pour the mixture into a fidget spinner mould.
  • Keep it in the fridge to set it down.
  • De-mould the spinner and add a ball to it. The ball can be purchased or a previous fidget spinner can be used and the gelatine spinner can be kept on it so that you can spin it easily. Done.




Okay, so you are one of those people who do not have bearings to attach to the DIY fidget spinner. Well, no worries because we have got your back! Here’s a fidget spinner that’s beautiful to look at and it doesn’t even require a bearing! All you need are some common household items. Let’s get started.


  • Take four water bottle caps and arrange them in the shape of a fidget spinner. Hot glue them together.
  • With the help of an exactor knife, create a hole in the middle of the cap that is in the centre. Take three pennies and hot glue them on the three outer caps carefully to give the spinner some much needed weight for spinning.
  • Cover the fidget spinner with some fevicol and dust glitter to it. Let it dry and repeat the steps for creating atleast three layers.
  • Use fevicol again to seal the glitter in.
  • Trace another bottle cap on a plastic container and put the flimsy plastic out. Also cut a small hole in the centre of it. Hot glue it on the middle cap with hole.
  • Cut out ten cut-outs from hard paper of the size of the penny and punch a hole in the centre of all of them. Stick five of the cut-outs together and make a stack, repeat for another five. Attach a thin cut-out on it. Paint it.
  • Use a toothpick to attach one of the cardboard stack on one side of the cap and another on the other side. Spin and enjoy.




How about having a cool fidget spinner that is made out of crayons? Well, here’s how you do it.


  • Take some crayons and cut them in equal lengths.
  • Take the fidget bearing and stick the crayons on it on equal lengths.
  • Use five crayons for the rainbow effect. And that’s it.




How about creating a fidget spinner that’s simply made of glue and some fidget bearings? Well, we have got it for you.


  • Take some amazing mould putty and use a fidget spinner to trace it down and create a stencil. Or, you can simply buy a stencil for your fidget spinner.
  • Now keep the bearings in the middle and fill the mould with hot glue.
  • Let it dry for ten minutes and you are done. You can smoothen out the sides by using hot glue gun.






  • Take three bearings of a fidget spinner and connect them together using closing strips.
  • Attach two watch cells together with glue gun and connect an LED to it. Tape them together. Repeat the step for one more time.
  • Now attach these to the inside of the outer bearings. Spin!