Last week we reported on a slew of new LinkedIn messaging features that are coming to mobile and desktop. Yesterday the Microsoft-owned company continued its messaging revolution with more abilities. Significantly, users can now send voice messages in LinkedIn Messaging.

This is a major addition for LinkedIn and allows it to more robustly compete with Facebook. The feature allows users to send WhatsApp style voice messages, although these are capped at one-minute.

It is definitely worth remembering that LinkedIn is not a dedicated messaging service, so this is a very welcome ability.

To send a voice messages, tap the microphone icon located on the messaging keyboard. Like on WhatsApp, users tap and hold the icon to record a voice message and then release to send. The ability to cancel a message mid-recording is achieved by simply sliding a finger away from the mic icon.

Necessary Feature

Some would argue this feature is not necessary for the network, but I disagree. While LinkedIn is not a messaging service, making its communication infrastructure more robust means users don’t have to leave the service to get strong messaging tools.

The company explains why it has included voice messaging:

  • Easily message on-the-go: People speak about four times faster than they type, making voice messaging great for explaining longer or more complex ideas without the time and involvement of typing and editing a message. It’s also helpful for when you’re on the move and don’t have time to stop and type.
  • Get to it when you can: Leaving a voice message can often better for a recipient than calling them since they can listen and respond when they have a free moment.
  • Better express yourself: Speaking in your own voice allows you to build a more personal connection and effectively communicate. It’s easier for your tone and personality to come through, which can sometimes get lost in translation in written communications.