Keeping close tabs on your professional network on Windows 10 is about to get a little easier.
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Microsoft-owned LinkedIn on Monday started rolling out a new desktop app for Redmond's operating system. The app will be available for download in the Windows Store (search for "LinkedIn app"), but if you don't see it right away, sit tight. It should be available everywhere LinkedIn is by the end of the month.
Once downloaded, the Windows 10 app will be accessible from your Start menu and taskbar; you can also pin a Live Tile so you'll see updates from your connections when you click on Start.
The app "makes it easier than ever to connect to opportunity, work smarter, and tap into your professional potential," LinkedIn Product Manager Hermes Alvarez in a blog post.
You'll also see real-time LinkedIn updates via Windows 10 Action Center (the vertical panel on the right side of the screen when you swipe in from the right), including new messages, upcoming meetings, trending news in your industry, and other goings-ons in your network. If you don't want to be bombarded with all that information, you can manage which updates you want to see in the Action Center from the Notifications tab inside the app.
Alvarez said "millions" of people around the world access LinkedIn using a web browser on Windows 10 every month. If you're among that group, this new app is for you.
The new app will be available in 22 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Arabic, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Swedish, Czech, Indonesian, Thai, Malay, and Romanian.
The launch comes after Microsoft last summer acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in the most expensive social networking acquisition in history.
"Our top priority is to accelerate LinkedIn's growth, by adding value for every LinkedIn member," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in a December blog post when the acquisition closed. The company also plans to integrate LinkedIn with Microsoft Word, so you'll be able to easily update your LinkedIn profile and find jobs as you work on your resume in Word.