Facebook’s Slack rival is coming in October and will charge per employee

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Facebook at Work chief Julien Codorniou
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Facebook’s Slack competitor for businesses will be publicly available next month and charge per monthly active user, The Information reported on Tuesday.

The enterprise messaging platform, which is called Facebook at Work, has been in closed beta since last January.

Business Insider reported in May that Facebook at Work would be made commercially available by the end of this summer or in the fall.

Previous reports said Facebook planned to only charge for premium features, like integrations with third-party apps. But one company testing the service that Business Insider talked to in May said that companies would pay a per-user, per-month fee. They had been quoted a cost between $1 to $5 a user by Facebook.

Here are some pictures of the service, which we originally ran last May.


Facebook makes it easy to switch between corporate and personal accounts:

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When you make a new Group, you choose between several types:

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Here’s what a Group would look like.

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The only real difference between an At Work Group and a regular Facebook Group is the left-rail options and that the Work version doesn’t have a Sell Something option.

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Here’s what a general feed might look like:

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And here’s a peek inside the app:

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