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Facebook is working on an 'at work' version for enterprises

By James Walker     Nov 18, 2014 in Internet
New reports indicate that social network giant Facebook is gearing up to transform collaboration in the workplace by creating a new tool currently dubbed "Facebook At Work", designed specifically for enterprises.
The Financial Times revealed the news, stating that Facebook wants to see more professionals using its service in their daily jobs. The company needs to become a more commonplace tool in the offices of the world.
TechCrunch says that a source has told them the product will be available in "the coming months" after the completion of testing. This is reported to have been ongoing for six months now, so it is obvious that Facebook are working hard on whatever they are building.
The idea arose after the company saw how their own Facebook employees were using the site whilst at work. They then reached out to other companies, seeing how they engaged and collaborated over social media to manage their activities in the workplace.
Currently named "Facebook at Work", the system will be aesthetically similar to conventional Facebook with a central Newsfeed.
This will be tailored to show corporate interests of course but it is easy to see how this could be useful to businesses once the ads are removed: A continuous stream of information on the latest events, appointments and meetings in the workplace. The site will be separately hosted and will make it easy for employees to stay signed in to their existing personal and new workplace accounts while ensuring that the two different areas are kept apart.
Facebook hasn't commented on the reports yet but the Financial Times says that some companies have already got access to an early beta version of the new system. This shows that development is well underway and could that development could indeed be nearing completion, ready for a full release perhaps early next year.
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