Microsoft today is beginning to roll out the new LinkedIn app for Windows 10, displaying some of the integration promised when the Redmond technology giant completed its $26.2 billion purchase of the business social network last year.
Microsoft and LinkedIn both detailed the new app in a pair of blog posts Monday morning, saying that it is available to some users starting today and will be available globally by the end of the month.
The LinkedIn app “delivers real-time professional updates, including new messages, insights on who’s viewed your profile, trending news in your industry and other timely highlights on your professional network,” through the Windows Action Center, according to the LinkedIn blog post. But for those worried about being bombarded by notifications, the LinkedIn app gives users the ability to control which updates they see.
The app and its capabilities are part of a series of early integrations announced in December, as the LinkedIn acquisition was completed. Here are a look at some of those early priorities, as detailed by the two companies last year:
- LinkedIn identity and network in Microsoft Outlook and the Office suite
- LinkedIn notifications within the Windows action center
- Enabling members drafting résumés in Word to update their profiles, and discover and apply to jobs on LinkedIn
- Extending the reach of Sponsored Content across Microsoft properties
- Enterprise LinkedIn Lookup powered by Active Directory and Office 365
- LinkedIn Learning available across the Office 365 and Windows ecosystem
- Developing a business news desk across our content ecosystem and MSN.com
- Redefining social selling through the combination of Sales Navigator and Dynamics 365
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said last year the goal of the acquisition was “to help professionals transform how they work, realize new career opportunities and connect in new ways.”
Microsoft also wants to make sure everyone benefits from technology. With LinkedIn on board, Microsoft will attempt to do that through helping “people develop new skills online, find new jobs and easily connect and collaborate with colleagues,” Nadella wrote in a December blog post.