A recent report by CNBC claims that Facebook will offer a lighter version of its team collaboration tool to the public for free in an attempt to compete with other business messaging services.
The report comes after a conversation with the company’s product manage Simon Cross. He mentioned that the new product will have similar look but some of the premium features such as administrative and analytics tool will reserved for paid subscribers.
Although the workplace was launched earlier last year, so far the service has small number of users. With a user base of more than 2 billion, the company is expecting that the free version of the service will attract more customers. Talking about the free version, Cross said, “Not every company wants to go through a full-scale enterprise deployment and not every company is in a position to pay for Workplace.”
With the upcoming free version, Facebook will compete with the likes of Slack and Microsoft Team. Slack has more than 5 million daily active users and out of those 5 million, more than 1.5 million subscribers are paid customers. Simon Crossed said that the product will be available soon but didn’t reveal the exact date.