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LinkedIn finally released its first official app for Windows Phone this week. It’s an important addition to Microsoft’s catalog of apps, particularly as the Redmond company tries to make inroads with business users.

More than that, it’s a well-designed app that is better, in some ways, than its counterparts on iPhone and Android.

The Windows Phone version includes access to the LinkedIn Today news portal, the LinkedIn inbox (including invitations) and LinkedIn groups.

Beyond that, the app also provides access to job listings and company information, not yet available in the Android or iPhone versions; and it takes advantage of Windows Phone’s live tiles to show the number of waiting messages and invitations on the Start screen.

Wired encountered a couple of bugs when launching the app, but I’ve been trying it out and haven’t yet experienced any problems.

The free app is available for download here by Windows Phone users. More background in this LinkedIn post.

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