Facebook has officially launched a platform that hopes to rule your office space and kill Slack in the process. It is simply known as “Workplace” and is available to companies of any size. The service works like the regular Facebook, but instead of interacting with a network of friends and family, Workplace users interact with a network of co-workers.
Facebook will charge its customers to use this product.
Do check out the pricing model and other features:
- Competitive Pricing. Facebook is announcing a competitive pricing model that is based on a monthly fee per active user (so companies only pay for what they use). The more active users an organization has, the less they pay per user.
- $3 USD first 1,000 monthly active users
- $2 USD 1,001 – 10,000 monthly active users
- $1 USD 10,000+ monthly active users
- Product enhancement
- Added significant number of features over the last 18 months, including Multi-company Groups, Live, Reactions, Auto-translate, Video and group audio calling in Work Chat, Trending Posts, Search filters and others
- Multi-Company Groups. These are shared groups that allow employees from multiple organizations to work together. All team members must be part of a Workplace community, and members from other companies won’t be able to see any information from your business outside of the multi-company groups they are in with you.
- The Workplace Partner Program. This is a global ecosystem of partners, like Deloitte or Microsoft, to help customers get the most out of their Workplace. (For more information on a recent Deloitte survey of C-level executives that shows why Workplace is critical to the future of work, see deloittedigital.com/us/workplace.)
For a bit of comparison, Slack offers a free version of its service, but has a pro version that goes for $6.67 monthly/per user, way expensive than Facebook’s. Also, Workplace is entirely separate from Facebook meaning that it will come with a new login and mobile app.
Another important thing to note is that Workplace is an advertisement-free service hence the subscription fee.
Currently, there are over 1,000 businesses using Workplace!
On a side note: Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) reminds me of the Brain in the Pinky and the Brain series.
The only difference here is that Facebook has taken over the world!
UPDATE: New companies can get a free three-month trial period for signing up.