The Microsoft-owned company is calling it the "largest LinkedIn.com redesign since the company's inception".
A new "Interest Feed" is created to give you more curated information and opinion on topics relevant to your profession.
The new LinkedIn desktop site design features seven core areas on the bar navigation: Home, Messaging, Jobs, Notifications, Me, My Network and Search. Other parts of the site such as "LinkedIn Learning", which offers a broad range of online courses, can be accessed through a "more" icon. It comes about a year after LinkedIn unveiled a revamped set of mobile apps, and the idea is to give the new desktop version more parity with that both in terms of look and functionality.
LinkedIn's new design overhaul wants to make sure you stick around. "If you haven't yet experienced our new simplified design, you will soon as we will be rolling out to all members globally over the coming weeks". It also will provide cues, such as people in your network who can make job introductions.
Notifications have also been streamlined. The company claims it not only allows users to discover content aligned with their profession but also helps users not to miss professional opportunities they care about. LinkedIn is giving users more control over content they see, for example, adding options to unfollow or hide a post.
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The update also gives the site's search feature a boost.
And to help spark more conversation - and engagement - LinkedIn launched a new "real-time" messaging interface that lets users contact a connection from any place on the site. You will now be able to see who is reading and engaging with your posts, including the company, job title and location of those interested in your updates. Suggestions to "Say Happy Birthday", "Say Congrats" and "View Jobs" are now also more prominent.
Over to the bottom left of the interface, LinkedIn has added a new pull-up chat window that makes it possible to easily get in touch with professional contacts.
Messaging on LinkedIn used to be a lot more like sending formal email messages, but the company has been moving away from that model and towards a more Facebook-esque instant messenger setup that focuses on letting users quickly connect with short missives. Another mobile app feature, curated endorsements, highlighting the most qualified and relevant recommenders, are also rolling out on desktop.
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