Facebook is launching its new enterprise tool, Workplace, to the masses.
Known as Facebook at Work while in its testing phase, Workplace is now available to any company or organization that wants to use it.
“The workplace is about more than just communicating between desks within the walls of an office,” Facebook said in a blog post. “Some people spend their entire workday on the go, on their mobile phone. Others spend all day out in the field, or on the road. 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.”
Workplace uses a News Feed and groups, just like Facebook but, instead, enables users to collaborate online with colleagues and stay in touch with professional contacts. The work app is completely separate from the social network, meaning a user’s profile and pictures on the friends and family site would not be visible on the professional network.
The tool offers unlimited file, photo, and video storage and unlimited team and project groups as well as live video streaming, monitoring tools for IT teams, secure collaboration between companies and integration with G Suite, Okta, OneLogin, Ping and Windows Azure AD.
“We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace — 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,” Facebook added. “This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.”
Workplace will be free for the first three months of use. After that, Facebook will charge $3 per user per month for 1,000 users or less; $2 for 1,001-10,000 users; and $1 for more than 10,000 users. Workplace will be free, however, for non-profits and educational institutions.
You can get get Workplace for your company by visiting workplace.fb.com.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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