Facebook’s Slack Competitor , Workplace, Now Available For Download
When it comes to co-worker coordination, Slack is one of the most popular applications there is. The software makes it easy to keep in touch with co-workers, chat with groups, and share files. However, when it comes to brand promotion, few tools are as valuable as a Facebook page. There are many businesses that don’t even create standard web pages anymore instead opting to rely on Facebook. With that in mind, it makes sense that Facebook would seek to capitalize on this by releasing a competitor to Slack.
That competitor is Facebook Workplace. Workplace recently released the beta version of its desktop app and, for the most part, it appears to offer many of the same features as Slack in a familiar Facebook interface. Of course, being a Facebook product, it does offer integration with existing Facebook features. Perhaps the most useful is a company newsfeed which makes it easy to share announcements and other information.
As of right now, the software is currently in beta and you can test it out for free. Of course, it’s of little use if your coworkers aren’t using it, but it does give users an opportunity to get a sense of the software’s interface.
One thing worth noting is that this one of the company’s first desktop apps in some time. Most of the company’s recent offerings have been geared towards smartphone use which makes sense considering the popularity of such devices today. However, for a business-oriented project, a desktop app makes more sense considering that most modern offices still expect their employees use desktops.
As to whether or not this can compete with Slack remains to be seen. Facebook is a massive company and if anyone can break into Slack’s space, it’s Mark Zuckerberg. That being said, Slack has been established for some time now and we don’t see too many companies willingly making the switch. The real test will be whether or not Workplace can entice new businesses to go with it over Slack.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.