LinkedIn for BlackBerry v1.0 Debuts; Toronto Office Coming

LinkedIn released LinkedIn for BlackBerry v1.0, which is compatible with Tour, Curve, and Bold devices running Blackberry OS v4.3 or later.

The professional networking site said LinkedIn for BlackBerry v1.0 was designed from scratch for the BlackBerry platform, and it features six modules: Network Updates, Search, Connections, Invitations, Messages, and Reconnect.

LinkedIn also announced that it surpassed the 2 million-member mark in Canada, being used by companies including KPMG, Research in Motion, and Royal Bank of Canada, adding that it is in the process of establishing an office in Toronto.

LinkedIn product manager for mobile products Chad Whitney offered further details on LinkedIn for BlackBerry v1.0 in a post on the LinkedIn Blog:

LinkedIn for BlackBerry is a continuation of our efforts to help you leverage the power of your professional network anywhere, anytime. Now, you can walk into any interview, any customer engagement or client meeting with the ability to look up the details on over 60 million professionals worldwide, in real-time.

LinkedIn for BlackBerry includes a full, rich feature set designed to bring the most useful features of LinkedIn to your business smart phone. The application features six modules, each with a user experience designed from the ground up for BlackBerry devices:

Network Updates: View and share crucial business intelligence and updates with your network. Perfect for those spare moments between meetings.

Search: Search across over 60 million global professionals, and get the answer back in seconds. We’ve implemented a unified search across both your direct connections and the entire LinkedIn network.

Connections: LinkedIn is your address book in the cloud. Get quick access to any of your connections to get their up-to-date profile information, and the ability to send them a message immediately.

Invitations: Why wait to get back to your desk? Accept outstanding invitations immediately.

Messages: Messaging is one of the reasons that BlackBerry owners love their devices, and we’ve worked hard to integrate your LinkedIn Inbox.

Reconnect: You can’t leverage your network if you don’t build it. This module brings suggestions for new connections to you anytime. Now you can build your network from anywhere, in seconds.

We’ve worked hard to develop an application that takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the BlackBerry platform. Based on customer feedback from the announcement at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, we spent extra time implementing deep integration with BlackBerry Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, the full experience of which is now available to BlackBerry devices with operating system 4.6 or later.

The BlackBerry platform is a top priority for the LinkedIn mobile team, so expect regular enhancements and additions to the application through 2010. If you are one of our LinkedIn for BlackBerry users, please join the conversation in the LinkedIn for BlackBerry group.