Social network giant Facebook on Monday launched new global product Workplace, a platform that it hopes will replace intranet, mailbox and other internal communication tools used by businesses worldwide.
It is intended to compete with similar office communication products including Microsoft’s Yammer, Salesforce’s Chatter and Slack.
The Silicon Valley company developed the concept, hitherto called “Facebook at Work”, two years ago in its London office and has since tested the product on 1,000 companies worldwide.
Workplace was developed outside of the Facebook ecosystem and remains completely separate from the social network, being accessible without a Facebook account.
The service will only enable the transfer of intra-office data, which will remain fully owned by the business.
Subscribers will pay between one to three euros per connected employee, depending on the size of the business, while NGOs and educational establishments will receive the service for free.