It's on Microsoft now to execute on its ambitious long-term plans to use LinkedIn to strengthen its empire and avoid the fate of its previous multibillion-dollar blunders.
Fitbit is acquiring intellectual property and staff from Pebble, which is being shut down. Reports have suggested the deal cost between $34 million and $40 million.
The EU's conditions for approving the deal do little to change hefty potential value to Microsoft's empire. But executing on the opportunity will take some work.
The surprise factor turned out not to be a surprise.