Facebook releases enterprise social networking platform Workplace

Facebook releases Workplace, an enterprise level social networking and messaging platform, after 20 months in a closed beta known as Facebook at Work.

Workplace has News Feed, Groups, Chat direct messaging, Reactions, Live video, Video and Audio calling, and translation features. Its launching as a desktop and mobile app and is available to anyone. From what it looks like, Workplace is meant to allow companies to increase collaboration and communication between employees. Facebook stated in an announcement that more than 1,000 organizations around the world use Workplace.

The platform will also have Multi-Company Groups, that allows collaboration with companies and employees from different organizations. Facebook is also releasing dashboard analytics, single sign-on, and better IT integration with current IT systems. Employees can also stay connected when they’re out of the office using the Work Chat app for iOS and Android.

Workplace does have a lot of competition with the likes of Microsoft’s Yammer, Slack, Salesforce’s Chatter, Hipchat, and many more.

Workplace has a particular pricing model based on the number of monthly active users. “Workplace will be priced competitively — companies only pay for people who are actively using the product,” according to Facebook’s announcement. Its tiered pricing structure starts at $3 per month per user for less than 1,000 monthly active users, $ 2 per month per user for 1,001 – 10,000 monthly active users, and $1 per month per user for 10,001+ monthly active users. There’s a 3 month trial in case organizations want to test the platform and for non-profits and educational institutions the platform is free.