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Facebook Returns to the Office

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Need a more inventive way for your employees to communicate and collaborate on-the-go? In our fast paced industry, we’re all about innovation, urgency, and achieving results quickly. Luckily, the team at one of the world’s most popular platforms, no, the world’s most popular platform, are currently working on a solution. You know, the one that boasts nine hundred million users world-wide? We’ll give you some hints. For many of us it’s one of the first things we check in the morning and one of the last things we check at night before bed. C’mon, the one that had its very own motion picture? If you guessed Facebook – you’d be right.

A smart move for business 

Following the footsteps of Evernote, Slack, and Chat Work amongst others, Facebook this week revealed they’re working on their own work chat, but with a twist. Yep, their gearing up to release a work chat for smartphones, and is compatible with Android. The move somewhat redeeming themselves after Android users were seemingly excluded from the platform’s most recent updates. As up to 50% of users are accessing the internet via their smartphone, this isn’t a completely surprising move. However, it is an extremely smart move for business.

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Nothing sweetens a deal quite like the word ‘free’ 

The chat will be similar to Messenger in functionality and design, and users will be able to engage in one-on-one and group chat. As our increasingly go-go attitude towards life drives competition within industries, we predict this tool will be greeted with a welcomed reception. Only sweetening the deal is Work Chat’s option that allows users to call colleagues that work within offices located overseas for free. That’s no typo, you read correctly, free.image2

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The Royal Bank of Scotland leading the charge 

To access the tool, your workplace needs to be signed up for Facebook at Work, which is predicted to roll out around December. Big businesses like the Royal Bank of Scotland are already jumping at the chance to be among the first to use the new resource, signing a deal that grants the 100,000 strong global team access to the system.

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Tell us what you think! 

I remember the days when we were trying to get Facebook out of the office, who would have thought it! Nonetheless, here we are. Introducing Facebook back into the office has us torn but we want to hear your thoughts, will you use Facebook’s new Work Chat when it rolls out here in Australia within your workplace?

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