Facebook’s has released a beta for a desktop chat app for Workplace – its “Facebook at work” platform – with a new screen-sharing solution built in.
Facebook officially rolled out its Workplace platform a year ago as a “Facebook for work,” competing directly with Slack and Microsoft’s Yammer. Now, it has silently released a beta Workplace Chat desktop app for PC and Mac, that allows screen sharing between users.
Josh Constine at TechCrunch found the Workplace Chat application in a Workplace by Facebook help page and after downloading it found a screen sharing feature within. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed it is testing the screen sharing feature internally, giving Facebook employees the ability “to choose to share their screen content in Workplace in a chat.”
No other details are available at this time, but Constine’s screenshots are enough to at least let us get a good look.
The Workplace Chat app works like its browser equivalent and through it users can see all their conversations, search through them, share text , photos, videos, voice clips, emoji, and more. They can also access desktop notifications.
The screen sharing options include full screen and other desktop apps.
Workplace Chat (Beta) is available at the following links, and is supported on Windows 7 running on 64-bit systems, and Mac systems running macOS 10.9 (Mavericks) and above. Facebook adds and that earlier versions of the two operating systems are not supported.
Source: Josh Constine / TechCrunch