Facebook at work graduates from beta, officially starts as workplace

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Facebook lasted for his time in the company game but Facebook for work is finally ready to see the light of day under a new nickname, workplace. The service was taken over by more than 1,000 companies during his 18-month closed beta, and now it’s the opening for each for monthly per-user use, which goes from $1 to $3.

Facebook at work graduates from beta, officially starts as workplace
Facebook at work graduates from beta, officially starts as workplace

The service is completely independent of the Facebook social network, require an own login and mobile apps, so you not only standard Facebook app and switch between the professional and personal profiles can use. It is also free of advertising. Facebook will not scan your postings or messages, you show to serve the monthly subscription fee.

Work of Facebook looks very much like the company flagship social network. There’s a news feed, user profiles, events, groups and news. The idea is that since more than 1.7 billion people use Facebook already it is likely, that signing up for workplace will be immediately familiar with how the product looks and works – Facebook credits in fact, this decision for the very high rate of interaction during the closed beta test.

Facebook at work graduates from beta, officially starts as workplace

Functions aligned its cooperation are the way to the creation of multimedia groups, so that staff from various organizations to communicate easily on joint projects. There are also live video broadcasts, audio and video calls and SMS. Employees do not need each other to ‘Friend’, but they can follow people to see updates from them.

With staff, Facebook enters a crowded space, which is the same of slack, HipChat, Microsoft (Skype and Yammer) and Salesforce.com chatter service. Facebook is late to the party and may have a hard time luring in users of these services, but a company with its massive range can not simply be thrown away, and there are many companies not yet on a collaboration platform.

In relation to the pricing Facebook is charging $3 per month per user for the first 1,000 monthly active users, $2 per user for teams from 1,001 to 10,000 and $1 per month per user for groups of more than 10,000. It is free for non-profits and educational institutions.

Comparison: slack costs $6.67 per user per month and Hipchat is $2 per user per month. Both services offer a free plan with a more limited feature set, no permanent free choice over a three-month free trial is offered during work.

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