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It's been a long time coming: Weiner

LinkedIn this week launched a new version of its flagship mobile app in an effort to make professional networking more seamless and intuitive. The app replaced an older version that closely resembled its desktop functionality.

The revamped version, which includes five core areas, took developers several months to finish.

"It's our fastest most responsive app, particularly with regards to search," Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn CEO told CNBC's "Closing Bell," on Thursday. "It's certainly the most personalized and relevant application we've launched to date."

Its internal search engine is four times faster than before, allowing users to generate results for phrases before they finish typing. The interface, which aims to make interaction more organic, has been upgraded with tailored content and promises easier communication for users.

"We wanted to reimagine the app," he added, noting that it was developed by "one team, with one shared vision."

The professional network swapped its old email feature for a text-messaging system. The developers designed the other sections: my network, home, and me, in a way that facilitates internal navigation, networking, and are in-turn more user-friendly.

With the Labor Department's jobs report on Friday's horizon, LinkedIn's CEO commented about the employment landscape.

Weiner noted that while progress is being made in general unemployment, there's still a lot of improvement to be made when preparing graduates and jobs seekers for employment search.

"With regards to technology, you continue to see a widening skills gap. There's plenty of demand for top technical talent, and I think that's going to continue to be the case for some time," Weiner said.


LinkedIn has created new departments in the company for journalists to curate original content that informs professionals and better prepare members in their field.

"I think that companies that generate the most value over time are those that remain true to their long-term vision," he said.

"We want to continue to invest so we can realize the full potential of the platform," Weiner said.