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Facebook is making Workplace Advanced free to emergency services and governments

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In an effort to help emergency services and governments deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Facebook has announced that it will offer the premium version of its workplace chat service, Workplace Advanced, to them for free for 12 months.

Facebook's Workplace competes with other workplace chat apps such as Slack and Microsoft Teams and has both free and paid tiers available.

Through the app, customers get access to their own internal version of Facebook which includes video calling, groups, file sharing, instant messaging and even a News Feed to keep up with what's going on at their organization.

Workplace Advanced offer

Facebook Workplace is already being used by a number of public organizations including the Government of Singapore, the London Fire Brigade and Ambulance Victoria.

Any agencies or government organizations that are interested in taking advantage of the company's offer have until June 30th to sign up for Workplace Advanced.

They will get access to the service for one year for free and then after that, they'll have the option to switch to either the free or paid version of Workplace. Anyone can use the free version of the service but the paid version comes with more features such as admin controls.

In addition to providing Workplace Advanced for free to emergency services and governments, Facebook has also offered free ad space to the WHO on its social network to help keep its users more informed about the coronavirus.

Via Business Insider

Anthony Spadafora

After living and working in South Korea for seven years, Anthony now resides in Houston, Texas where he writes about a variety of technology topics for ITProPortal and TechRadar. He has been a tech enthusiast for as long as he can remember and has spent countless hours researching and tinkering with PCs, mobile phones and game consoles.