LinkedIn’s new desktop app arrives on Windows 10

LinkedIn is today launching its official desktop application
for Windows 10, allowing the Microsoft-owned professional
social networking service to be more deeply integrated into the
operating system through features like the Windows 10 Start
Menu, a pinnable Live Tile, and Action Center notifications.
These alerts will include things like new messages in your
LinkedIn inbox, updates about who’s viewed your profile,
trending news stories in your industry, and other highlights,
the company says.

Users can configure which alerts they’d like to see from the
Notifications tab inside the app, LinkedIn’s blog post notes.

Microsoft closed on its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in December, then
noting its plans to bring LinkedIn identity to Microsoft’s
productivity applications, like Office and Outlook; the ability
to draft resumés and apply for jobs via Microsoft Word;
LinkedIn integration with Active Directory; and LinkedIn
notifications in the Windows Action Center, among several other things.

This latter item is being addressed with the launch of the new
Windows 10 application, which sends out its updates in
real-time – a move that could make LinkedIn feel like a more
active network, with timely news and information, rather than a
place that many people today only think to check when they’re
looking to change jobs.

At the time of the acquisition, LinkedIn had over 400 million
users worldwide, which makes it the largest professional social
networking site in existence. In April, the company announced
it had grown to 500 million users across 200
countries around the world, which represented 10+ million
active jobs, access to 9+ million companies, and more than
100,000 articles published every week. Simply put, that’s a lot
of business-related information for Microsoft to tie into
through this new, integrated desktop experience.

The launch of the Windows 10 application comes shortly after
Microsoft announced its plans to deprecate its Windows mobile app, which will
be shut down on August 30, 2017. The company’s statement at the
time said that Microsoft’s efforts were instead focused on
building out the new LinkedIn desktop app, which would arrive
this summer – as it has today. Mobile users, meanwhile, could
use the site from the mobile web if they chose, said Microsoft.

LinkedIn, whose user base is 40 percent desktop users, also rolled out
an update to its desktop experience on the
web in January.

The new Windows 10 app is beginning to roll out to the Windows
Store today, and will be available in 22 languages at launch.

The list of supported languages includes English, German,
French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (simplified), Arabic,
Danish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish,
Turkish, Swedish, Chinese (traditional), Czech, Indonesian,
Thai, Malay, and Romanian.

The app will be available to all LinkedIn markets by the end of
the month.

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