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'Workplace' Lets Businesses Launch Their Own Facebook at Work

'Workplace' Lets Businesses Launch Their Own Facebook at Work
Credit: Facebook Workplace

It's finally okay to log in to Facebook at work. Today (Oct. 10) the company launched Workplace, a stand-alone version of Facebook that's built specifically for companies and organizations.

Using Workplace, businesses can now implement an internal version of the social network to keep connected with co-workers, wherever they are. The private platform offers all the features that are familiar to Facebook users, as well as several add-ons to boost productivity and keep business running smoothly.

"We've brought the best of Facebook to the workplace," the social media giant revealed in a statement. This includes basic features such as News Feed, Groups, Search and Trending posts. Users can also chat and host one-on-one videoconferences using Messenger, give presentations using Facebook Live and post status updates. [See Related Story: Collaboration Tools for Small Business]

Workplace also offers enterprise-level tools to help businesses implement, use and secure the platform. For instance, it will soon be rolling out Multi-Company Groups, which are shared spaces that allow users from different companies to collaborate safely and securely.

"We've also built unique, Workplace-only features that companies can benefit from such as a dashboard with analytics and integrations with single sign-on," the statement said.

To this end, Facebook has partnered with identity providers to make it easier for businesses to use Workplace with their current infrastructure. Integrations include G Suite, Okta, OneLogin, Ping and Windows Azure AD.

Workplace also comes with unlimited file, photo and video storage, unlimited team and project groups, IT monitoring tools and administrator support. It also uses organization-based user profiles, so it is separated from employees' personal Facebook accounts.

According to Facebook, since the closed-beta rollout of Facebook at Work nearly two years ago, more than 1,000 organizations now use the service, which was renamed Workplace. The company itself uses a similar internal Facebook for its own communications.

Workplace is now available to companies of any size, including small businesses. It is priced at small-business-friendly subscription rates, too. Workplace costs $3 per month per user for up to 1,000 active users, $2 per month per user for up to 10,000 users or just $1 per month per user for more than 10,000 users.

To sign up for Workplace, visit workplace.fb.com

Sara Angeles

Sara is a Los Angeles-based tech writer for Business.com, Business News Daily and Tom's IT Pro. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, she has worked as a freelance writer and copywriter for tech publications, lifestyle brands and nonprofit organizations in the Southern California area and throughout the U.S. Sara joined the Purch team in 2013.