Facebook opens its Workplace Chat desktop app to everyone

With video chat support coming in a few weeks.

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Facebook brought its Slack-competing service out of private beta last year and rebranded it as simply 'Workplace.' Its messaging side offering, Workplace Chat, had browser and mobile components -- and today, it's bringing its desktop app out of beta so all users can converse in text or over video, send files and share screens though their computer.

The service will also be adding group video chat support to the desktop and mobile Workplace Chat apps in the coming weeks. Earlier this year, Workplace released a streamlined free version, called Workplace Standard, without all the bells and whistles in a bid to compete with the similar small-team offerings from Slack and Microsoft Teams.

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