For almost two years now, Facebook has been working on its app specifically for the office. The app has been launched on Monday, Oct. 10, and called “Workplace”, it is live now.
Here how is it different from Facebook
It’s exactly like Facebook in all of its interface design and functioning, however, the difference between Facebook and Workplace is that you cannot interact with family or friends on Workplace, it’s just for office use, you can only interact with a network of your co-workers. It has the separate app and its own login so it won’t hurt work productivity like Facebook in most of the cases does.
Workplace is a kind of enterprise platform, the company is going to charge from each user. Facebook will charge a pre-subscription fee each month to use the product. Details of charges are here; $3 per user for companies with 1,000 users, $2 per user for companies with 1,001 to 10,000 monthly users and $1 per user for companies with 10,000 monthly users.
Competition from existing players:
This is the first step of Facebook in enterprise software market, obviously, there will be an interesting competition with existing players like ‘Slack’ that is already providing these services and valued at nearly $4 billion. Slack is offering free basic version but its standard version, that includes unlimited phone calls and message storage, charges $6.6 per month.
Another notable thing about Workplace is that it is an ad-free platform, there will be no advertisement at all.