Facebook’s Portal smart screens would be incorporated in its Workplace social network for businesses, which has grown to more than three million paid users, said on Tuesday.
The number of paid users in the workplace has increased by more than 50% in the last eight months, the company announced at the launch of its Second Annual Flow Conference at a Menlo Park hotel in Silicon Valley.
Workplace is distinct from Facebook’s main social network and is designed as a platform to connect all members of a company, from counter or warehouse workers to chief executives, Workplace claimed that a differentiator from its competitors is that it connects all employees in businesses no matter their roles, even if their only computing device is a smartphone, according to executives.
Workplace rivals include services fielded by Slack, Salesforce, and Microsoft, which aim to foster better collaboration and eliminate dependence on overloaded email inboxes.
A new “Workplace on Portal” app enticed employees to use the Facebook smart screens to get jobs done, while automatic video captioning capabilities were added and video quality heightened.
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