Meta/Facebook Announces Workplace Integration with Microsoft Teams

Posted on November 10, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft 365 with 9 Comments

Meta—the company formerly known as Facebook—today announced new integrations between its Workplace productivity collaboration service and Microsoft Teams.

“We’re launching an integration between Workplace and Teams, which will give employees access to content from Workplace within Teams without having to switch back and forth between the two apps,” Meta’s Ujjwal Singh writes in the announcement post. “We’ll also be adding the ability to stream from Teams meetings into Workplace groups.”

According to Mr. Singh, the integrations will make it easier for customers that use both solutions to stay up to date with important information, and they will open up more opportunities for company-wide feedback and engagement. And Teams meeting streaming will let employees watch live meetings and events no matter which app they are using. They can also watch recorded Teams meetings at a later time.

“One thing I learned from the pandemic is that companies don’t just rely on one tool to get their work done, so it is our responsibility as leaders in the space to make sure the tools they use integrate and interoperate with each other,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jeff Teper added. “We have a shared vision of offering our customers choice and flexibility, so it made sense for us to come together to help our mutual customers unlock collaboration and break down silos within their organizations.”

Meta notes that customers such as Flight Centre Travel Group, Lockton, and Vodafone have been testing Workplace integration with Teams and are “excited” by the results. And this isn’t the first Workplace and Microsoft integration: since last year, Workplace customers have been able to integrate with SharePoint, OneDrive, and the Microsoft 365 suite of applications.

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9 responses to “Meta/Facebook Announces Workplace Integration with Microsoft Teams”

  1. OldITPro2000

    Are there any usage statistics on Workplace? I've never encountered anyone who uses it, let alone someone in the "real world" who is familiar with what it is.

    • will

      We did a demo of it, and the adoption was very fast as it is Facebook without the ad's and just your organizational information. The problem is while it is good for news and info, it was not a good intranet for files and info. Maybe that changed, but there is also the cost per user.

      If you have Office 365 you have Yammer, but Yammer is not near as friendly as Workplace.

    • anoldamigauser

      When CNBC was discussing it, I seem to remember the number 7 million coming up. The commentators were wondering why Microsoft was bothering with this as Teams has so much more usage, one was saying it was capitulation on Facebook's part.

    • mattbg

      The place I work at uses it, although I'm not sure it has progressed beyond a pilot with a handful of teams.

      The main issue with using it isn't Workplace per se, it's that companies adopt so many tools for the same purpose that have overlapping core functionality but do certain edge cases better than others. We have internal Sharepoint, cloud Sharepoint, Slack, Webex Teams, Symphony, Confluence (two instances!), a Jive-based platform, and Workplace. None of them are integrated. I'm sure someone is playing with MS Teams somewhere.

      Workplace is much more geared toward the fluffy part of social networking, just like Facebook... so it's just not essential to getting your work done. It's something I check out when I need to go there because the people running the pilot have put something essential exclusively on Workplace for the purpose of driving engagement with it.

  2. jchampeau

    Call me a pessimist, but I don't see this ever becoming popular or widely used.

  3. SvenJ

    Meta (Facebook) has a Workplace productivity collaboration service?

  4. orbsitron

    I use workplace and love it. My only complaint is that online meetings don't have chat built in. Chats are a separate experience. Perhaps this Teams integration can help with that as Teams chats do integrate with meetings.

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