The European Union has approved a $26bn (£20.5bn) connection request between technology behemoth Microsoft and professional networking site LinkedIn.
The deal has already received the green light from antitrust authorities in the US, Canada, Brazil and South Africa.
Having received the go-ahead from the EU’s competition watchdog, the deal is likely to close in the coming days, said Brad Smith Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer.
“With this regulatory process behind us, we can bring together two great companies and focus on even broader issues for the future,” he said in a blog post.
To secure EU approval for its largest ever deal, Microsoft will let LinkedIn rivals access its Office add-in programme, crucial for integrating their services with its Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel programmes.
Most of LinkedIn’s $3bn annual revenue is generated from monthly fees from job hunters and recruiters.
Law firm Morrison & Forrester has said we should expect more major technology takeovers next year, after M&A deals involving flight-booking website Skyscanner, chip designer Arm Holdings and, of course, the Microsoft-LinkedIn tie-up.