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Facebook Launches “Work” to Tackle the Office

by Jacob Kleinman | January 14, 2015

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You may already sneak a quick look at Facebook during the day while you’re supposed to be working, but soon visits to the social network could be encouraged or even mandatory. Facebook just unveiled a new app called “Work” designed to create smaller networks within an individual company.

Facebook is launching Work apps for Android and iOS on Wednesday, along with a desktop website, TechCrunch reports. Companies will be able to create separate accounts for their employees, though you’ll also be able to sign-up using your personal Facebook profile. Either way, there’s no crossover between the two apps, and you can run both at the same time on your phone without any issues.

It’s still unclear exactly what the new app will let you do, though it looks like you’ll be able to share documents and post status updates like you would on the regular social network. We may also get the ability to edit files within Work at a later time.

There’s still no word on pricing, though it’s possible Work could be free. That would give the new app an edge over other popular social-enterprise services like Slack. It could also help introduce even more people to Facebook in general, potentially increasing the company’s massive user base even more.

Facebook Work is expected to hit iOS and Android later today, though it could be limited to a handful of pre-selected companies at first.

TechCrunch

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...