LinkedIn To Close Controversial “Intro” Service, Plus Slidecast & More
LinkedIn is the latest tech company to adopt the “more wood behind fewer arrows” approach to its product lineup.
The company announced today that it’ll soon shut down LinkedIn Intro and Slidecast later this year. Deep Nishar, the SVP of Products and User Experience, says LinkedIn is going to focus on “doing fewer things better.”
This year, LinkedIn is committing to the concept of focus more than ever. We are making large, long-term investments on a few big bets, and in order to ensure their success, we need to concentrate on fewer things.
Intro will shut down one month from today — March 7, 2014. It’s a service that LinkedIn launched in October and connects LinkedIn profiles and data to the Apple Mail app on iPhones. It quickly ran into trouble when some security experts called it a security risk.
Slidecast will survive a little longer: It’s shutting down on April 30, 2014. LinkedIn also announced that it will no longer support for its older iPad app that runs on iOS versions before 6.0. That support is ending February 18th.