Microsoft has revealed its plans to shut down its local version of LinkedIn in China later this year, though the company isn’t fully helping Chinese professionals find jobs online.
First launched in February of 2014, LinkedIn’s localized version for the Chinese market was created with the aim of furthering the business networking site’s mission to make the world’s professionals more productive and successful.
At the time, Microsoft was well aware that it had to comply with Chinese government requirements on Internet platforms when operating a localized version of its social network for professionals in the country.
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Over the past seven years, the localized version of LinkedIn has helped professionals in China find jobs as well as share and stay informed. Although the service helped many people find new jobs and careers, Microsoft noticed that the social aspects of LinkedIn were not used as much in China as they are in the rest of the world.
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Faced with a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China, Microsoft has decided to phase out the current localized version of LinkedIn later this year.
However, the company still wants to help Chinese users find new jobs and opportunities online. For this reason, Microsoft will be launching a new, standalone jobs app in China, according to a new blog post.
This new job app will go by the name InJobs and although it will help professionals based in China find jobs and help Chinese companies find quality candidates, it will not include social feeds or the ability to share posts or articles.
We’ll hear more from Microsoft once the localized version of LinkedIn is shut down and InJobs begins its rollout in China.
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