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Facebook tests desktop chat apps

07 October 2017

The app also supports the ability for users to share their screens, a feature that Workplace users have clamored for.

Facebook has silently launched the chat app of their enterprise collaboration software - Workplace - with the screen-sharing feature.

Facebook says that the introduction of the app was a no-brainer because an app is always more convenient than a tab in the browser that's always open.

According to TechCrunch, the desktop chat app has a dashboard that collects your conversations and offers text search, as well as sharing options for photos, videos, voice clips, emoji, and GIFs.

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You can also set up desktop notifications that appear over other windows so you never miss a message.

The new app shares numerous same features as Slack, one of Workplace's biggest enterprise chat rivals, including desktop alerts, chat history, GIF and other image sharing and more.

Users can decide whether to share their full screen or a specific app with co-workers.

Vanessa Chan, a spokesperson for Facebook, told TechCrunch: 'This was one of the most widely requested features by customers, so we built it.

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Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. Facebook has not revealed the exact number of people using Workplace, but the company has said more than 14,000 businesses use the platform.

For example, they can choose to share a PowerPoint presentation with them, without showing other apps running. We don't have any additional details to share at this time'.

The Workplace Chat app works with Standard and Premium versions of Workplace, and requires a corporate email address to log in.

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Facebook tests desktop chat apps