Workplace by Facebook is Now Open to Everyone

Oct 10, 2016

Facebook began testing its platform for the workplace over a year ago—in fact, the Facebook team has had its own internal version for years—but now it says it have over 1,000 organizations on board. Today it announced that Workplace by Facebook is now open to everyone.

According to a post in its newsroom, Facebook says Workplace is about more than just connecting workers at different desk—it’s also about connecting mobile workers with colleagues. “Large multinational companies like Danone, Starbucks and, international nonprofits such as Oxfam, and regional leaders such as YES Bank in India and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore have all embraced Workplace,” according to the post.

So what makes Workplace than different than the Facebook we’re all accustomed to? Facebook says it has added a “dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on, in addition to identity providers that allow companies to more easily integrate Workplace with their existing IT systems.” The company also announced Multi-Company Groups, shared spaces that allow employees from different organizations to work together, which will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

None of this is free, unless you’re a non-profit or education institution. However, Facebook promises that companies will only pay for active users, with pricing plans for different size companies.