LinkedIn mobile app receives mildly disappointing update — if you can even get it
The LinkedIn app for Windows phone has received an update, but it's a pretty mixed bag, to say the least. The update does indeed make the app look better than before, but it seems to be simply a web wrapper.
The new look is essentially what you get if you visit LinkedIn mobile site in your browser. Humorously, this being a wrapper for the mobile site means that users still see a banner advertising a faster mobile app. While the look and performance are arguably much better than the app's previous state, it's still liable to upset anyone hoping for a true native Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app.
But here's the kicker: all of this applies only if you're able to actually get the app. The LinkedIn app was actually removed from the Windows Store earlier this week and has yet to reappear. Basically, that makes this update available to only those who still have the LinkedIn app installed. We were alerted to the update from numerous tips, but haven't been able to find it in the Store for ourselves.
At the very least, it's a curious move given that Microsoft now owns LinkedIn following its 2016 acquisition. It also comes several months after Microsoft mistakenly stated the LinkedIn app for Windows Phone would be retired in an email to users. The company later walked that back, stating "older version of the LinkedIn app on your Windows phone will continue to work normally." This update doesn't betray those words, but it is likely to ruffle some feathers even if it's just a stopgap.
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If that was the case donyou think MS would compete? Do you think MS would update their browser quick enough to keep up with the competition?... Well, MS is already taking one step by putting Edge into the store.... JASON WARD must write an article on all of this.. This is MS's way into mobile.
Honestly, if you're a WP fan, and you understand the power of the Web Wrapper, and what It's capabilities are, you should be asking for industry to convert to this method...
1. It's slow. I mean, I've pretty great LTE and shouldn't have to wait 4s for a page to appear...
2. It's not integrated enough, and thus has no advantage over a website at all...
Every so often i search the store under Microsoft and i always find a new app or two.
Right now in trying Flow.
Microsoft or garage is working hard on apps
Anyways, yes AfuentesJr, the lack of apps is a huge problem for everyone.. But the biggest issue is MS lack of EVERYTHING they did for Windows on Phone... They simply didn't put Mobile first, in every aspect of the word. Short sightedness. Sad thing is that the world told them what they needed to do, but they didn't listen. Can MS make an awesome Surface Phone? Sure. Can MS make it a success? That remains to be seen, and I'm not sure. Maybe MS's marketing team will react differently when they see Surface branding on the device.
I'll check if I can update it.. I don't know, web wrapper doesn't sound too good to me though because on my phone (925, 8.1) it functions even less, like 1%
Update: I just checked the Store, app is there, but no update
Oh, I forgot....Microsoft owns LinkedIn....
Overall performance got better comparing to the old native app and the design it's much more pleasant.
But, once the app still not available on the MS store I bet they still working on it.