LinkedIn’s Windows 10 App

I use Windows 10.

But Glen, you are a designer, why don’t you use Macs?!? – Everyone

Here are my answers since everyone brings it up:

  1. I’ve been using Microsoft operating systems since 1986. I’ve beta tested every OS they have ever released including Windows ME (Yuck!)
  2. Most of the world (and about 35% of my users ) have Windows. All of the engineers here use Macs, so SOMEONE should be looking at the product the way that our customers do.
  3. I see no benefit to switching. The Mac
    1. doesn’t have better software for me,
    2. isn’t faster for me,
    3. doesn’t have better peripherals for me,
    4. isn’t a better UX for me.

I think too many people (sheeple!) follow the trends. It doesn’t matter if you use Linux, Windows, Chromebook or Mac. Use whatever you are comfortable with and gets the job done.

OK, but the point of this blog post are Windows 10 apps. Again, I have used Windows for 30+ years and I can confidently say:

Windows 10 Apps are stupid – Glen Lipka

I’m sorry, they are just terrible. They are like Microsoft Bob. A cute interesting experiment, but ultimately, a bad idea. Hardly anyone uses them on regular basis, especially in a work environment.

So why did LinkedIn make a Windows app?  Well, I guess the answer is obvious. Because they got acquired by Microsoft, duh. However, look at the details of the app. Here they are, side-by-side:

If I am using a mouse on a laptop with a monitor, then there really is no benefit. It’s just the regular site in a special window. I don’t want that. I can’t use my chrome extensions in the Windows app world.

The only benefit is if I am running Windows on a tablet. Then the touch targets are bigger and (slightly) more compatible. Still, this seems like a waste of time.

LinkedIn is the default resume website of the world. It’s a virtual monopoly. They can do whatever they want and still not get disrupted. That makes product development especially tricky. Innovation is difficult when you have a monopoly. There is only one direction to go, down. So it makes sense that they deliver this useless app. However, innovation is possible. It has to be.

My plea to LinkedIn is to try hard to innovate. Open up your APIs, be bold and experimental. Try and solve the “org chart problem”. Do something ambitious. Don’t just pop your website into a shell and call it an app. You can do better than that.

Well, I have hope that you can.

Whatya think?