Facebook will now expand ts business-oriented site, Facebook at Work to hundreds of companies. Facebook at Work, which had started off its pilot program in January this year with up to 100 businesses may reportedly release the ‘freemium product’ by the end of this year.
In conversation with Re/Code, Julien Codorniou, head of Facebook at Work stated that when exactly, Facebook will launch the product is still unclear. Facebook has been using a version of Facebook at Work internally for years. However, reports first surfaced that it was building an office tool for other companies almost 15 months ago.
Here’s an image below showcasing how the the app looks like and how it will function:
Facebook at Work has news feeds, chats, groups and other features that can be found on the widely-used social network, but sharing can only be done with people inside a particular company.
Codorniou added that, “More than 100 companies are using Facebook at Work as part of the beta, which is still growing. Many of those companies are just now starting to expand the product internally.”
Once Facebook at Work is live, Facebook will start to actively pitch the product through its platform partnerships team, which means it will be in direct competition with Slack and Microsoft, which owns Yammer, points out the report.
Facebook at Work will not give users the option of browsing their friends news feeds or profiles during work hours. It will instead be a work-related network which will offer users the ability to chat with co-workers, work collaboratively on documents and offer storage.
Though the website will look similar to Facebook; allowing users to check their newsfeed and messages, it will keep your social identity separate from your work.