Facebook’s work app Workplace to integrate with Microsoft Teams

Facebook on Wednesday said 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.

The changes will allow users to share content from Workplace’s newsfeed and its groups to Microsoft’s Teams platform. Soon, it said, users will be able to livestream video from teams to workplace groups.

Remote-working tools have become major fixtures for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. “You have to meet the employees directly where they are, wherever they are doing their work, whichever platform they are using the most,” Ujjwal Singh, Head of Workplace, said in an interview. He added that the integration was primarily aimed at customers of both the products.

Workplace, which the Silicon Valley company uses as its internal messaging board, was launched outside the company five years ago. Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen recently leaked internal presentations and discussions she shared on the service.

The software is also used by companies including Walmart and Deliveroo. Facebook says it has 7 million paid subscribers at Workplace.

Microsoft and Facebook, which recently changed their names to Meta to signal their refocus on the Metaverse, are both building virtual reality solutions for remote working.

Microsoft 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.


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