LinkedIn finally gives its desktop site a design overhaul

20 Jan 2017

LinkedIn’s desktop site was overdue an overhaul. Image: Miss Ty/Shutterstock

LinkedIn has finally revealed the redesign of its desktop site, which is more streamlined and comes with new chatbot and search features.

LinkedIn, which is on its way to employing 1,200 people in Dublin and was acquired last summer by Microsoft for $26.2bn, was in sore need of a redesign for its desktop site, which has changed very little in recent years.

This is despite the company’s mobile app speeding past the desktop version in look and feel.

‘This desktop redesign brings conversations and content to the heart of the platform’

New capabilities were bolted on but the desktop site felt and looked the same: clunky.

Now LinkedIn – which has 470m users worldwide, making it the biggest professional network on the planet – says it has overhauled its front- and back-end.

The art of conversation

LinkedIn finally redesigns its desktop site

The new-look LinkedIn desktop design which will be rolling out globally in the coming weeks. Image: LinkedIn

The key to the new design appears to be getting people to better interact and gain more valuable insights.

The new desktop site features streamlined navigation, smarter chatbots, a richer news feed and a more intuitive search.

Navigation on desktop has been simplified into seven core areas: Home (Your Feed), Messaging, Jobs, Notifications, Me, My Network and Search.

LinkedIn director of engineering Chris Pruett explained: “This desktop redesign brings conversations and content to the heart of the platform, so you can more easily share ideas, join a discussion, and discover news and topics you care about.”

Pruett said that the new desktop design will be rolling out to all members globally over the coming weeks.

LinkedIn logo on wooden background. Image: Miss Ty/Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years