Facebook Workplace has new updates and a free version

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Slack’s competitor, Facebook Workplace, wants to get into your business for good

Facebook Workplace

Source: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/10/introducing-workplace-by-facebook/

 

Facebook Workplace has set a new course with new updates and a free version. At the F8 conference the social media platform announced the updates and what the future holds for the communication tool for companies and teams. So, if you are more interested here is what you will get with the improved version of Facebook Workplace.

First of all there will be a free version of Workplace. But you won’t be able to use administrative tools or integrations with other services like Google’s G Suite or Box’s cloud storage. On the other hand you will use it for free and you will get the basic options. As for users you want more features Facebook says that it will provide them at low rates.

If you want to enjoy the free version of Facebook Workplace you have until September 30th. Also Facebook has a pretty solid charging plan. It will charge $3 per person/month for the first 1,000 people, $2 per person for the next 9,000 users, and $1 per person for the rest.

As for the other updates Workplace they include bots. For example you will get bots for ordering food or get a Lyft ride. The bots will be there to provide automated tasks for your team. Also you will be able to broadcast live videos from your high-end video equipment.

All of the above sound great but we have to keep in mind that Facebook Workplace is not a place for the basic user. When Workplace launched last October everyone said that it is the new competitor of Slack. Just like Microsoft Teams. So, in order to reach more and more businesses Workplace decided to boost their game with file sharing, bots and tools.

Julien Codorniou, vice president of Workplace, said at TechCrunch:

“Being the communication layer and discovery platform for other services has always been part of the plan,” “Workplace wants to be the app that connects everyone.”

Also, Bret Taylor, CEO and co-founder at Quip, which now collaborates with Workplace said about integrations:

“One of the issues of modern cloud software is the explosion of services in a company. It is exacerbating [the problem of] where does data live and how do I interact with it. The vision is that [these services] can seamlessly interoperate and you don’t have jump back and forth to get the job done.”

And if by now you are wondering who is using Workplace, according to Facebook 14,000 organizations are using the tool, which have created more than 400,000 groups. On the other hand Slack reports that it has 5 million active users. Maybe Workplace might reach that number.


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Author: Martha Papadimitriou

Martha is a journalist, a blog writer, a mother and a bookworm. She studied Journalism and Communication and graduated in 2002. She has a restless spirit and loves to learn new things. Martha also wants to make the world a better place, and when she is not working she enjoys reading and cooking.

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