LinkedIn unveils sophisticated Windows Phone app

The job-based social network launches a Windows Phone app with what it calls "even more functionality than its iOS and Android siblings."

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LinkedIn's new Windows Phone app. LinkedIn

LinkedIn added a new mobile app to its repertoire today: the Windows Phone 7.5 application.

"We know professionals rely on their mobile devices every day to conduct business and to stay prepared for their work day," a mobile product manager at LinkedIn, Tomer Cohen, wrote in a blog post. "We've been working hard to make this new LinkedIn app best-in-class in the Windows Phone marketplace."

The job-based social network already has apps for iPhone and Android, but the company is saying that the Windows Phone app is the most sophisticated app it's developed yet. "You'll find that in some cases (hint: companies and jobs), the Windows Phone app offers even more functionality than its iOS and Android siblings," Cohen wrote.

With this app, which is smaller than 1MB and is free, LinkedIn aims to let Windows Phone users be able to find and connect with other professionals. The app's features include access to a real-time update stream with news and information from connections and groups, news about the jobs industry, a search function for employment, and the ability to follow favorite companies' news.

LinkedIn has more than 150 million members worldwide, which is nothing to scoff at, but the company is still dwarfed by other social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Over the past few months, LinkedIn has been updating its site and mobile apps to show its users information they can use them even when they're not looking for a new job.