Facebook has launched Workplace, an app now available for any company or organization that wants to use it around the world.
The app is free for non-profits and schools. All others will have to pay $3 a month per user up to 1,000 employees, $2 per month for 1,001 to 10,000 employees and $1 per month for over 10,000 employees.
Facebook has been using an internal version of the app to help run the company for many years, which helps employees connect with coworkers. The company started testing a version of Facebook for the workplace with a few other organizations over a year ago.
Now, the company says that more than 1,000 organizations around the world use Workplace (formerly known as Facebook at Work). People have created nearly 100,000 groups and the top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, UK and France.
Facebook says it is surprised by the breadth of organizations who are utilizing Workplace — from a shipping company that can now connect with their ship crews using Live video, to a bank that now uses Workplace instead of fax machines and newsletters to share updates with its distributed bank branches. Large multinational companies like Danone, Starbucks and Booking.com, 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. People work in different ways, around the world, and Workplace’s mission is to help them stay connected.
Facebook is also introducing Multi-Company Groups, shared spaces that allow employees from different organizations to work together, to extend collaboration beyond their own company in a safe and secure way.
Workplace offers unlimited storage of files, photos and videos. Unlimited groups can be formed with the software and live video streaming is included.