Facebook said on Wednesday that it is integrating Workplace, a work-focused version of its social app, with Microsoft’s collaboration app Teams so that users can better share information between the two platforms. Microsoft and Meta have collaborated to integrate video chat app Teams and Facebook’s Workplace that will be available to companies next year at no additional charge. The integration between Workplace and Teams will give employees access to content from Workplace within the team, without having to switch back and forth between the two apps.
“This will make it even easier for workers to stay updated with essential information, and open up more opportunities for company-wide feedback and engagement,” Meta said in a statement late Wednesday. Through a pinned tab in Teams, workers can access Workplace content, including the lite version of the Workplace News Feed, without switching between apps.
The new development lets users share content from Workplace’s newsfeed
The new development lets users share content from Workplace’s newsfeed and its groups within Microsoft’s Teams platform. Soon, users will be able to Livestream video from teams to workplace groups. Remote-working tools have become very helpful for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. “You have to meet the employees where they are direct, wherever they are doing their work, whichever platform they are using the most,” said Ujjwal Singh, Head of Workplace in an interview. He added that the integration was primarily aimed at customers of both products.
Workplace, which the Silicon Valley company uses as its internal messaging board, was launched outside the company five years ago. The software is also used by companies like Walmart and Deliveroo to manage their day-to-day work. Facebook says it has 7 million paid subscribers at Workplace.
Microsoft and Facebook, which recently changed their name to Meta
Microsoft and Facebook, which recently changed their name to Meta to refocus their attention on the Metaverse, are both building virtual reality solutions for remote working. This announced last week that it would bring its virtual platform Mesh to Microsoft Teams next year. Facebook recently launched a beta test of the remote work app Horizon Workroom for users of its VR headset.
In addition, Teams will be available on the Meta Portal platform in December and people will be able to use the device for Team video calls. Like Office 365 tools such as Word, Excel, and SharePoint, and OneDrive, PowerPoint is already available on Workplace. Facebook Workplace is also integrated into Azure Active Directory.