Facebook’s Workplace Chat desktop app is now open to everyone


It was last year that Facebook officially unveiled its ‘Workplace’ app. Just a few months after it was announced, it was out of private beta. Earlier this week,  the company announced that they are bringing the desktop ‘Workplace’ app out of beta as well.

The most important facet of the new Workplace app is the new Workplace chat app that will directly compete with Slack. Workplace chat for desktop supports file transfers and screen sharing. In the near future, the app will also support group video chats. Right now, it does support one on one video chats. The new app also feature message reactions, @mentions, and gifs that according to Facebook will “keep the conversation fun but focused.”

Since its introduction last year, more than 30,000 organizations have adopted the platform, the company claims. In fact, the number of adoptions has increased two-fold since April. Facebook expects a strong surge in the number of adoptions in the months to come. As of now, Facebook claims that there are more than a million Workplace groups active on the platform. Some of the firms that have started using the ‘Workplace’ app include Walmart, Heineken, Spotify, Lyft, and Reliance Group are just some of its users.

[Via Engadget]

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