LinkedIn, the professional networking platform owned by Microsoft, has released a new app for Windows 11 that is available on the Microsoft Store. TechDows reports the app is designed to take advantage of the new features and design of Windows 11, such as widgets, snap layouts, and rounded corners.
This is a major step because it is the first LinkedIn app that has been available on Windows 11. Microsoft did have a Windows 10 app which now seems to be unavailable. Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in a near $27bn purchase seven years ago. Windows 11 was launched nearly two years ago. So, this is a case of the app better being late than never.
The LinkedIn app for Windows 11 allows users to access their profile, connections, messages, notifications, and news feed from the taskbar or the Start menu. Users can also pin the app to the side of the screen and use snap layouts to multitask with other apps. The app also supports widgets, which can show personalized updates and insights from LinkedIn on the desktop.
Full Windows 11 Support Through the App
The app is optimized for touch, pen, and keyboard input, and adapts to different screen sizes and orientations. The app also has a dark mode option that matches the system theme of Windows 11. The app requires a LinkedIn account and an internet connection to work.
The LinkedIn app for Windows 11 is free to download and use from the Microsoft Store. Users who already have the LinkedIn app for Windows 10 will receive an update to the new version automatically. Users who don't have the app can install it from the Microsoft Store here.
Back in March, Microsoft said that its partnership with OpenAI was bringing GPT-4 capabilities to LinkedIn. LinkedIn is using GPT-4 to help users personalize their profiles, while the older GPT-3.5 will help to generate job descriptions.
“Our tool identifies the most important skills and experiences to highlight in your About and Headline sections, and crafts suggestions to make your profile stand out,” the company says. “By doing the heavy lifting for you, the tool saves you time and energy while still maintaining your unique voice and style.”
Earlier this month we reported on Microsoft preparing to be hit with an EU regulatory fine over LinkedIn GDPR violations. The tech giant announced this week that it expects the $425 million fine to be levied in the second quarter of 2023. The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) initiated an investigation into LinkedIn targeted advertising practices back in 2018, suspecting a violation of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).