The social network has announced a version of Workplace that will allow users to group chat and collaborate online for free.
Workplace by Facebook freemium users will get access to the basics – this won’t include features such as administrative tools, integrations with other services (such as Google’s G Suite or Box’s cloud storage) and APIs for custom integrations.
The free version of Workplace won’t be available until 30th September but users can sign up to the premium version for free until that date – then the modest & simple pricing structure kicks in at $3 per user for the first 1,000 active users, $2 per user for the next 9,000 active user and $1 for each additional active user.
According to the The Verge, “Workplace has two big advantages here. The first is obvious: nearly 2 billion people are on Facebook, giving it an existing and accessible group of users to target. The second is tactical. Facebook is currently giving away Workplace’s more costly, enterprise version for free until September 30th. When it does start charging, it will do so at rates far below Slack’s.”
Facebook have announced several updates to the Workplace platform at the F8 Developers Conference in San Jose.