Facebook has just launched a limited pilot program for its new Facebook at Work service. It will offer businesses a way to give their employees collaboration and messaging tools with familiar Facebook features.
A Facebook at Work app for the iPhone and iPad is now available to download, but it can only be accessed by the pilot partners. We contacted Facebook for more information and received this statement from a spokesperson:
Facebook at Work is a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect and collaborate efficiently using Facebook tools — many that they're likely already using such as News Feed, Groups, messages and events. Co–workers can stay in touch with each other in the same way they stay in touch with friends and family via Facebook: Facebook at Work offers the familiar look and feel as Facebook and has the same tools.
Note that Facebook at Work was created completely for use within a company – that means employees' Facebook at Work info is safe, secure, confidential and completely separate from their personal Facebook profile. The info shared among employees is only accessible to people in the company.
So far there's no word on when Facebook at Work will get an expanded launch, nor is there any information on the prices, if any, for the service. It will have to compete with a number of already established business collaboration services such as Slack, Microsoft's Yammer and Google Apps for Business.