Where did Links go in WordPress 3.5.x?

I noticed that the Links function wasn’t part of my newly installed WordPress system. What happened to them?

What happened was that the Links Manager function has been moved to a plugin that you can easily bring into your existing WordPress 3.5 installation.

I’m not sure about the reasoning behind removing Links from the core installation, but I’m not totally against it. I find the Links function a bit cumbersome, mainly using the interface to add links one at a time.

It’s faster just to hand-code the HTML and drop it in a Text Widget

So I’ll be thinking about the Link Manager plugin and whether or not I need/want it.

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