Geared towards workplace collaboration, the new professional version of Facebook has been undergoing testing since January. Fred Katayama reports.
No Candy Crush for those who'll use a new professional service from Facebook. The social networking company is entering the $6 billion-a-year online career market with "Facebook at Work." This service is expected to launch in a few months. It will allow users to create work accounts, separate from their personal accounts, and use Facebook tools to interact with coworkers. Facebook representatives say it's nearly identical to its current social network, with a scrolling news "feed," "likes," and a chat service, but you can't play Candy Crush on it. Facebook has been beta-testing the new service since January with more that 300 companies like Heineken and Royal Bank of Scotland. It will open "Facebook at Work" to all companies when it launches. It'll charge a few dollars per month for premium services such as analytics and customer support. The new service will pit Facebook against the likes of LinkedIn and Monster.