Facebook is whipping up new multi-faceted website behind closed doors that is curtailed to rival Microsoft Office, Google, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Slack according to an earlier report by Financial Times, which even mentioned some people who are aware of this development.
The new fangled product, which is dubbed as Facebook at Work, would let users chat with their connections and even work together with their shared files or projects.
The new site will also look like the Facebook site which commands more than one billion users. Facebook at Work would let users to have their personal profile isolated from their identity while at work. Some of the social media giant’s staff use the site with their everyday work and it is rumored that it is tested by some companies.
The site is also tipped to let users chat in groups and work together with their contacts over shared files, a feature that will make the Facebook at Work a direct competitor of the Microsoft’s Office 365. The Office 365 which doesn’t relies on cloud computing is expected to be a tough nut to crack as it has Yammer on its side and already forged strong tie ups with OneDrive and SharePoint for file-sharing. Yammer is an internal corporate chat service that Facebook had acquired in 2012.
The new site will also contend with Google’s Google Drive, Cloud file-sharing site Dropbox and real-time messaging service provider Slack in the shared documents space niche. Another potential rival is LinkedIn which is a formidable force to reckon with in terms of its capacity to link users with potential jobs, employees and clients.
The spokesperson from Facebook hasn’t minced any words yet about this matter.