Facebook's Workplace now has 3 million paid users

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2019

Workplace was launched initially towards the end of 2016 as a communications tool for the work place.

Facebook wants to bring its Portal devices to offices, something that'll be made possible with the launch of Workplace for Facebook on the connected devices. The service now supports desktop and mobile devices via which people can make video calls with other users and larger groups. It's also getting some improved analytics feature to help highlight the positive impact Facebook claims Workplace has on a company's performance.

"We're making it easier for these employees to do great work by helping them to connect to their organisations through mobile in a secure way", said Workplace vice president Karandeep Anand.

Facebook, which makes most of its money from displaying ads, in September announced a new line of its Portal smart displays, including a version that lets you chat from your TV.

Facebook said Tuesday its Portal smart screens would be incorporated in its Workplace social network for businesses, which has grown to more than three million paid users. The devices feature Amazon Alexa built-in, as well as video calling functionality that exceeds what is possible with a desktop webcam or phone camera - mostly notably, the Portal's camera is capable of moving to track to the user as they move around. Workplace paid users grew by more than 50 percent in the past eight months, the company said as it kicked off its second annual Flow conference at a hotel in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park.

Facebook also unveiled other new Workplace features on Tuesday, including automatic captions for videos, surveys and badges to celebrate employee achievements such as hitting sales goals.

Originally published October 8, 9 a.m. PT. Update, 11:34 a.m.: Adds quote from Facebook's head of Workplace.

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