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Facebook launches Workplace

Facebook has been working on a work friendly environment for years, and now that product is out of beta and is available for everyone. Itâ€s called Workplace.

Facebook has been working on a work friendly environment for years, and now that product is out of beta and is available for everyone, companies around the world will get the chance to access  Workplace.

Facebook has been testing workplace with more than 1,000 organizations around the world (formerly known as Facebook at Work) and it seems that people have created nearly 100,000 groups so far. The top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, UK and France.

 

For Everyone, Around the World

The workplace is about more than just communicating between desks within the walls of an office. Organizations who’ve embraced Workplace, include companies ranging from a shipping company that can connect with their ship crews using Live video, to a bank that now uses Workplace instead of fax machines and newsletters to share updates with its distributed bank branches.

Large multinational companies like Danone, Starbucks and Booking.com, international nonprofits such as Oxfam, and regional leaders such as YES Bank in India and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore have all embraced Workplace. “People work in different ways, around the world, and Workplace’s mission is to help them stay connected” states Facebook on an official press release.

The Best of Facebook, Plus New Features

Facebook Workplace offers the best of Facebook, whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts.

This means people are able to chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with the CEO a presentation on Facebook Live.

Facebook workplace also includes Multi-Company Groups, shared spaces that allow employees from different organizations to work together, to extend collaboration beyond the company in a safe and secure way.

 

Scaling the Solution: Introducing the Workplace Partner Program

To help more companies get started with Workplace, Facebook annouced the Workplace Partner Program, a group of technology and professional service organizations such as Deloitte who will work with Facebook to bring Workplace to even more businesses across the globe.

This means that companies will have more ways to access Workplace by working with the Facebook teams directly or via the approved and trained partners. Workplace will be priced competitively companies only pay for people who are actively using the product. See details of pricing here.

The service is priced at $3 per user per month for the first 1,000 users; it goes down to $2 for the next group size of up to 10,000 users and lowers to $1 for more than 10,000 users. It’s free for nonprofits and educational institutions; you can also try a 3-month trial with your organization at no charge.

 

Facebook vs Slack

Facebook is poised to take on collaboration apps like Slack (free $12.50 per user per month), Microsoft’s Yammer (bundled with Office 365) and Atlassianâ€s HipChat (free $2 per user month). It can support large enterprises and offers an interface that’s already familiar to most people with a mobile device, however it’s yet to integrate with or offer things like CRM and project management tools.