Windows Phone 7 offers deep integration with quite a few services and social networks, and provides a good way of managing and viewing all your accounts in one place. One of the services integrated with Mango is LinkedIn, and many of the features of that social network can be accessed from the Me tile. However, that cannot be considered a replacement for a dedicated LinkedIn client for WP7, as there are many things that can’t be done via the People hub. So, it is good news for Windows Phone users that the official LinkedIn client for Mango phones has finally been released. The app contains everything you may expect from an official client for such a popular service, and has “Metro” stamped all over its gorgeous interface.
The welcome page of the app offers the options to login or create a new LinkedIn account. The app has the blue theme generally associated with this social network for professionals, and even the icons in the phone’s status bar are dyed in the same tone. The first section that shows up after you have logged in to your LinkedIn account, is the Updates page, displaying a feed of all the latest activities of your contacts and followed groups. You can add a new update of your own using the ‘+’ button in the bottom bar. Next to that is the search option, using which you can look for any LinkedIn user or group. Swiping to the right when you are on the Updates screen will bring you to the app’s main menu.
The page lists the following 5 tiles:
- LinkedIn Today: The latest updates from the LinkedIn team, and other featured articles on the network.
- Groups: Manage and view all the activities from the groups you might have joined.
- Jobs: This section suggests suitable available jobs depending upon your inclinations and experience.
- Inbox: Send/ receive messages and invitations.
- Companies: All the organizations you are following show up here.
If you want to manage your own LinkedIn profile using the app, just go to the You page, and the app shows the list of people who have recently visited your profile, along with suggestions regarding People you may know. On other people’s profiles, you can view their experience and other relevant information.
The app is available as a free download, and you can grab it by heading to the following link.
Download LinkedIn for Windows Phone 7