by Brent Dirks
February 7, 2014
Originally launched less than five months ago, LinkedIn has announced that it will shut down its Intro email service on Friday, March 7. The company discussed the news in a recent blog post:
We are shutting down LinkedIn Intro as of March 7, 2014. Intro was launched last year to bring the power of LinkedIn to your email inbox on your iPhone. While Intro is going away, we will continue to work on bringing the power of LinkedIn to wherever our members work. Email, where the average professional spends more than a quarter of their time, is one of those places, so we’ll continue to look for ways to bring this kind of functionality to our members through existing partnerships. Users of Intro will be able to uninstall it between now and March 7 and switch back to their previous mail accounts.Users will need to uninstall the service by the cutoff date for their email to continue to function. Complete instructions can be found on LinkedIn’s site. Unveiled in October, the Intro service was designed to bring information from the social network directly into the stock iOS mail app. It worked with a number of different email providers, including iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and AOL Mail. Once the functionality was setup, it would show photos, job experience, and mutual connections of other LinkedIn users. But instead of just installing an app, users needed to go through a multi-step process to get the feature working. And despite LinkedIn assuring users of its security, all email traffic needed to be routed through the Intro service. LinkedIn also announced that it will end support for its iPad app installed on any iOS version older than 6.0. That will take effect on Tuesday, Feb. 18. For other app news today, see: OpenTable Pilot Program Lets Diners Pay For Their Meal Directly From The App, App Store Classic 10000000 Updated To Add 4-Inch Screen Support And More, and Take To The Ice And Hit The Hockey Puck In Patrick Kane's Winter Games.