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Facebook at Work set for 2016 release

Facebook is slated to release a stripped-down version of the world’s largest social networking site that is targeted at professionals called Facebook at Work.

Over the last year, the firm has been teasing the world with news of Facebook at Work, a modified version of its networking platform that will allow users to connect with colleagues. Now the programme is set for a 2016 launch.

Facebook at Work will require users to have a separate account to their personal one and is designed to allow them to connect with their co-workers. While it won’t feature games, it’ll still offer familiar services such as events, groups, news feed, messenger, notifications and a search tool.

It’s intended to promote information sharing among employees around the world. Unlike LinkedIn, users can only connect with people who work at the same company, but it allows them to network with staff based at different offices.

The platform was released to a select number of companies in January as part of a testing phase. Now Facebook says it is ready to release the full version, which is currently free and will likely only charge companies for analytics and customer support.

This could potentially be a handy tool for PAs, who can find other assistants within their company to share ideas with and turn to for help.

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