Meta’s workplace app for integration with Microsoft Teams to help users share information between platforms

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Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announced on Wednesday that it is integrating Workplace, the work-oriented version of its social app, with Microsoft’s collaboration app, Teams, so that users can better share information between the two platforms.

The changes will allow users to share content from the Workplace newsfeed and its groups on the Microsoft Teams platform. In the near future, users will be able to stream videos live from teams in workplace groups.

Remote working tools have become a vital asset for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You have to meet the employees where they are, wherever they do their work, which platforms they use most often,” said Ujjwal Singh, Head of Workplace, in an interview. The integration was largely aimed at the customers of both products.

Workplace, which the Silicon Valley company uses as its internal messaging board, was introduced outside of the company five years ago. Former Meta employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen recently leaked internal presentations and discussions about the service.

The software is also used by companies like Walmart and Deliveroo. Meta says it has 7 million paying subscribers on Workplace.

Microsoft and Facebook, which recently changed their names to Meta to signal their reorientation towards the Metaverse, are also developing virtual reality solutions for remote working.

Microsoft announced last week that it would bring its Mesh virtual platform to Microsoft Teams next year. Meta recently launched a beta test of Horizon Workrooms, a remote work app for users of its VR headsets.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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