Given a discovery by TechCrunch, Facebook has quietly introduced official chat apps and screen sharing. These two features for desktop PC and Mac are the ones that users have been eagerly looking forward to.
Presently, the features are available only for Workplace. It is an enterprise collaboration software of Facebook and competes with other business apps like Slack.
Workplace comprises more than 14,000 businesses on board, and one of the latest additions is the Wal-Mart. Screensharing is going to attract more clients to the Workplace, surpassing the similar but weaker feature of apps like WebEx and Skype.
This means that Facebook brings its rapid development nature for accumulating offices and providing them with an all-in-one platform. This certainly seems to be progressive as compared to the competitors of social media, who are providing ‘only one piece of the puzzle.’
The Screensharing feature
This feature is presently available on the web and on the Workplace Chat desktop apps. You can share your full screen or a particular desktop app that you are going over. This will further take care of your privacy while you do not wish to expose sensitive data.
This leads us to the fact that Facebook intends to keep your social network profile and Workplace terms of privacy.
Facebook on Desktop Software
Among the Workplace help section, TechCrunch came across a download link for the beta version of the chat desktop app. This is for both Mac and PC. This will help users message their colleagues comfortably, where they don’t have to depend on browser tabs anymore.
Vanessa Chan, the Workplace spokesperson, said that this feature was built for one of the widest requests from the users. Currently, the feature is in beta and “being tested by Workplace customers who are providing feedback.” The feedback will lead Workplace to further develop the feature “before a wider rollout.”
The Workplace Chat website consists of a design the same as Messenger.com. Now, while the Messenger team is focused on mobiles more than desktops, this earned it about 1.3 billion monthly users. Thusly, we expect the team to turn to and explore possibilities in desktop as well.
On the whole, the desktop software offers Workplace a specific spot on your computer. This helps you in sorting out your working attributes from your research on the browser. This is so that you don’t have to look for chatting and screen sharing in your browser tabs.
Last but not least, Facebook and its team at Workplace can foresee an ongoing, consistent association. The workplace does not just target ‘traditional white-collar office employees.’ The team aims to offer a communicative platform for every kind of company employee. Therefore, the desktop chat and screen share features seem to be an ideal beginning in enhancing convenience at work.