The Royal Bank of Scotland is making Facebook at Work, the latest enterprise product from a company known for its consumer offerings, available to more than 100,000 employees.
If you’ve never heard of Facebook at Work, don’t worry. Facebook is trialing the software, which competes against Slack (a buzzy messaging client for teams), email, Microsoft’s Yammer (a Skype-like messaging client) and others, on a small number of companies before making it available to everyone.
Facebook for Work takes what is good about Facebook — messaging, the News Feed, groups, and so on — and takes it to the workplace. A user signs in with a newly created account and can “follow” co-workers. This is a new take on enterprise communication apps which usually focus around dull messaging functions.
Facebook at Work looks like your regular, everyday Facebook feed.
RBS is the largest client to trial the service with over 500 employees currently using it at work every day.
Kevin Hanley, head of design at RBS, told Business Insider why the company is using Facebook at Work over more traditional technologies, such as email, and buzzy companies, such as Slack.