Looks like Facebook is getting serious about Workplace, its enterprise collaboration platform. Workplace lets anyone create a Workplace account that is separate from their personal Facebook account and use Facebook tools to interact with coworkers. Workplace has all the features you can expect such as News Feed, groups, chat and live video. Today, TechCrunch spotted that Facebook is currently testing a Workplace desktop app for Windows users. Apart from the features that are available on the Workplace web experience, Workplace Chat app for Windows comes with screen sharing support. Users can either share their full screen or only a specific desktop app that they are using with others.
The Workplace Chat app has following features:
- Has native notifications so you never miss a message
- Supports voice and video calling
- Allows screen-sharing
- Makes it easier to view the latest notifications from your groups
- Supports 1:1 chats and group chats
“This was one of the most widely requested features by customers, so we built it. The desktop app is still in beta and being tested by Workplace customers who are providing feedback that we’ll use to improve the product before a wider rollout,” said Workplace by Facebook spokesperson Vanessa Chan. You can download Workplace Chat (Beta) for Windows here. Also, Workplace Chat app doesn’t require administrative privileges, so anyone should be able to install the app on their PC.