If you’re a professional or semiprofessional…something, then you may be a user of LinkedIn and its companion app for Windows Phone. The popular social-networking site for your work history and resume is an important tool for many looking to network with others in their field. It’s like Facebook but without all the annoying baby photos.
Windows Phone users have had a decent LinkedIn app experience for a while now, but the last update was for version 1.5 back in April. Today, version 1.6 is on the Store and with comes a few new changes to help mirror what you get on the web for features.
- Build your reputation: Add and edit your profile picture
- Leverage your network: Easily grow your network from people in your address book
- Increase your knowledge: More easily see who's viewed your profile and join groups
So the big new feature appears to be letting the app dive into your address book. Running the app it brought up a bunch of people we know and suggested we contact them to add them to our network. Of course, you can skip this ‘feature’ if you don’t trust them, so no worries there.
It’s been a while since we’ve run the app, but the You section may be related to the “who’s viewed your profile” feature, which is a tad creepy but one of the more focused areas of the network these days (it also helps push you into the paid version of the service).
Overall, not a crazy update and you still can’t edit your profile (although you can change the photo). Still, if you think of this more as a companion app, which allows you to view your LinkedIn account, get messages, post updates and see who’s checking you out, it’s not too bad at all. Of course, we'll probably see version 1.7 sometime in spring 2014 at this rate.
Pick up LinkedIn version 1.6 here in the Store—all Windows Phones. Do you see anything else that’s better now? Sound off in comments and let others know!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.