After adding support for several third-party video providers last year to make video conferencing in-app easier, LinkedIn last week launched a new video option on its messaging platform, offering another way to connect with users without the need for a separate app for that videos.
As explained by LinkedIn:
“From an initial job search to a 1:1 conversation, we wanted to increase the productivity of our end-to-end members while keeping them safe. By adding video conferencing as part of the messaging experience, members can connect virtually while sharing the context of their existing conversation. Members can now easily schedule free video conferences on their network without downloading a client or signing up for a service. ”
As you can see here, the new video messaging option on the chat platform is available through the “Create Video Conferencing” option in the chat window, which also gives you the option to switch to other providers video if desired (bottom of the control panel).
LinkedIn’s native video chat user interface simplifies direct access to enhance the discussion while providing user-specific LinkedIn profile information that appears at the bottom of the video screen, providing additional context on whom you are talking based on your LinkedIn profile biography.
In addition, LinkedIn also wants to help make it easier to connect to videos whenever possible, with new directions popping up in your chat if you include relevant terms in your text, such as “ready for our videoconference?”