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Facebook introduces Workplace, a social network for companies

Facebook introduces Workplace, a social network for companies
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Workplace's interface is very much like Facebook without ads.

At last, Facebook introduces a new social network for companies called Workplace after a 20-month closed beta under previous title ‘Facebook at Work.’ During its development phase, Facebook picks up more than 1,000 companies around the world to test the service for free while sending feedback how they see it.

Workplace competes with similar enterprise communication and messaging service providers such as Slack, Hipchat, Chatter , Yammer (now owned by Microsoft) and Jive, among many others.

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“We’ve been amazed by the breadth of organizations who’ve embraced Workplace – from a shipping company that can now 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,” Facebook stated. “People work in different ways, around the world, and Workplace’s mission is to help them stay connected.”

workplace-androidWorkplace looks very similar to Facebook’s social network; the key difference is that all the updates, information and posts you’ll see there are from within your company, works for teams in all sizes, from mini-startups to multinational companies. The social network allows you to post updates, create groups, comment, tag people, chat with multiple users, and share files. Workplace is free from annoying third-party ads.

On Workplace, Facebook groups become a virtual space where employees within the same company can communicate to other companies.

It also offers Work Chat, which is essentially Messenger for you and your colleagues. There are options to run one-on-one video calls and group audio calls, as well as Facebook Live video broadcasts for things like all-hands meetings and major internal presentations.

For mobile users, Workplace offers a separate Work Chat app that can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

Workplace also offers enterprise-friendly features like analytics dashboards, single sign-on support and the ability to work with identity providers to allow users to access the app securely. Soon, it will also allow the creation of Multi-Company Groups so employees from various organizations can collaborate easily on shared projects.

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To join Workplace bandwagon, you can sign-up for free three-month trial, then after that, the service will charge you $3 each month per user for companies with up to 1,000 active users, $2 per month for companies with 1,0001 to 10,000 active users, and $1 per monthly user at companies with more than 10,000 users.

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Some companies that have used Workplace (screengrab from Workplace website)

Workplace is free for educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

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