02 August 2017
The leading professional social network LinkedIn has now announced the rollout of a new design for the LinkedIn Desktop app. The app is basically the web version of the network which has now been redesigned completely to offer a more app-like experience. LinkedIn is referring this UI change as "the largest desktop redesign since LinkedIn's inception."
As per the announcement, the new LinkedIn Desktop design is aimed at bringing conversations and content to the center so that users can be more productive. It is also aimed at helping users find what they are looking for in a faster way. It is said to be a single-page application design which will offer fluidic and a unified browsing experience.
To start off things, LinkedIn on the web now has seven core options on the top navigation bar. These are Home, Messaging, Jobs, Notifications, Me, My Network, and Search. There is also an option called More which will give you access to other LinkedIn services like LinkedIn Learning.
It has revamped the home screen (user's feed) by implementing contribution from both algorithms and human editors. The collaboration between the two is focused on showing the relevant content from publishers and people on your feed. The Search functionality has also been streamlined so that users can search for jobs, people, contents, companies, schools, and groups from a single place with ease. The team said it will continue to work on improving search function in future to serve best possible search queries.
Other than the feed and search, messaging is an important feature used by LinkedIn users to connect with others. With the redesign, LinkedIn has now introduced real-time messaging experience similar to other social networks. Now, there's a chat window like it's on the Facebook web along with features showing when the message has been seen and an indicator to show that the other person is typing.
One of the coolest things about LinkedIn is the kind of insights it shares with users. Now, LinkedIn has improved the way it shows those insights. Additionally, it will now show you suggestions to make your profile look better and stand out from the crowd. This new LinkedIn Desktop design and all changes are rolling out and will become available to all users worldwide in coming weeks.
LinkedIn said in the official announcement:
"Today, we're excited to share our new look! This complete overhaul of our technology architecture is the largest desktop redesign since LinkedIn’s inception, and we’ve taken a thoughtful approach to ensure we’re delivering a simplified LinkedIn experience that's more intuitive, faster and creates more value for our members. With this change, we’re also providing a seamless experience across mobile and desktop, leveraging all the great feedback we’ve received from our recent mobile app launch to make it even easier for professionals to quickly access the most relevant professional conversations, content and opportunities."
This redesign for LinkedIn's web version has arrived just slightly after completing one month since Microsoft successfully completed the acquisition. During this time, it even sent an email to users by mistake which made everyone think that LinkedIn was killing its Windows Phone app.