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LinkedIn's new desktop app arrives on Windows 10

LinkedIn's new desktop app arrives on Windows 10
From TechCrunch - July 17, 2017

LinkedIn is today launching its official desktop application for Windows 10, allowing theMicrosoft-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 whos viewed your profile, trending news stories in your industry, and other highlights, the company says.

Users can configure which alerts theyd like to see from the Notifications tab inside the app, LinkedIns blog post notes.

Microsoft closed on its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in December, then noting its plans to bring LinkedIn identity to Microsofts productivity applications, like Office and Outlook; the ability to draft resums 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-timea 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 theyre 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 usersacross 200 countries around the world, which represented10+ million active jobs, access to 9+ million companies, and more than 100,000 articles published every week. Simply put, thats a lot of business-related information for Microsoft to tie into through this new, integrated desktop experience.

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