Facebook Dedicated Desktop Version of Workplace is a Slack Rival

October 9, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Workplace, the Facebook rival to Slack, has just got better. The team-collaboration service can now be accessed from desktops through a new dedicated app version apart from the normal web version format in which it has been available till now.

With the launch of the new app for Windows and Mac, Facebook has also introduced some key features to enrich the app version experience of users. A key introduction is the new screen sharing feature, a feature that has already been present in rival platforms including Slack.

With this, users will be able to share the contents on their screen with other users in the team to speed up works. It can also come handy to showcase slideshows within the team apart from other tasks.

Facebook has decided to include the feature after it was regarded as the most requested feature among the community. And Facebook will continue to listen to the opinions of the users, as the current launch of the desktop version will be run as beta so as to make improvements along the way. A wider rollout is expected to take place at a later stage, during which we can expect some buzz being brought around.

It’s interesting to note that Workplace is one of the very rare introductions regarding Facebook, who has focused more on smartphone applications and web clients rather than dedicated versions for desktop. The last time they pulled out one for the desktop users was the Messenger stand-alone app, which however was taken down quite soon after its introduction. With the way the community is getting built up, we don’t think Workplace would be clasped by a similar fate.

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