What You Need To Know About Facebook Workplace

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Facebook has officially launched its business-centric social media platform called Facebook Workplace. It was formerly known as Facebook At Work and combines features from the popular social network with collaboration and communication tools. Here are Facebook Workplace's key features and how the pricing works.

After a lengthy trial period with more than 1000 organisations, Facebook has finally launched Workplace. It's essentially a professional version of the Facebook social media service that is set to compete with the likes of Slack and Asana.

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So here are the key features of Facebook Workplace:

  • It contains familiar features from Facebook such as the News Feed, Messenger, Groups, Live, Reactions, Search and Trending Posts. In the words of Facebook: "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."
  • Unlimited file, photo and video storage (subject to fair use oolicy)
  • There is a dashboard with analytics so that companies can gauge employee engagement levels in Workplace.
  • Integration with single sign-on and third-party, in addition to identity providers including G Suite, Okta, OneLogin, Ping and Windows Azure AD. This allows companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.
  • Multi-Company Groups that creates shared spaces that allow employees from different organisations to work together securely. This feature is being rolled out in the coming weeks.
  • One-on-one support for administrators.
  • Through a partner program, organisations can get IT service providers to help them rollout and manage Facebook Workplace.

The pricing for Facebook Workplace is subscription-based:

  • $US3 per user for organisations with up to 1000 monthly active users
  • $US2 per month for organisations with 1001 to 10,000 active users
  • $US 1 per month for organisations with over 10,001

Businesses can get a three-month free trial and Facebook Workplace is free for non-profit and educational institutions. You'll need to speak with Facebook to see if your organisation is eligible for free subscriptions.

Will your organisation consider signing up for Facebook Workplace? Let us know in the comments.

[Via Facebook Newsroom]


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