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LinkedIn adding live video streaming with assist from Microsoft

February 13, 2019 / Ben Munson

After finally adding native video to its platform back in 2017, LinkedIn is following up with the beta launch of LinkedIn Live, a live video broadcast service.According to TechCrunch, the beta launch is kicking off this week in the U.S. and it will be invite only. The social network for professionals is planning to conferences, product announcements, earnings calls, awards ceremonies and other work-related content on its live platform.And to start, LinkedIn Live is partnering with developers like Wirecast, Switcher Studio, Wowza Media Systems, Socialive and Brandlive to give its live broadcasts a more produced look, unlike the rougher, more casual livestreams on social networks like Facebook. Seeing as how Microsoft owns LinkedIn, it’s not especially surprising that the company would be lending a hand for the livestreaming launch. Microsoft’s Azure Media Services will be handling encoding for the service, but as the report pointed out, Microsoft’s Skype technology won...