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Workplace by Facebook introduces multi-company chat groups and video calls

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Justin Martinez
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Facebook today announced that its Workplace by Facebook and messaging app Work Chat will now support conversations across companies for chat, voice calls, and video calls with up to 50 people.

Multi-company calls and chat follow the introduction of multi-company groups in 2016, one of the first major upgrades for Workplace.

Work Chat also got a series of updates today, including the ability to set do not disturb hours, pin messages to the top of the Work Chat screen, or reply directly to specific messages.

At launch, Portal devices are focused on consumers and will not support Workplace, Facebook VP Julien Codorniou told VentureBeat in a phone interview, though it’s easy to imagine how it could work with Work Chat, an app designed to be the enterprise equivalent of Facebook Messenger.

Alongside the ability to pin messages in a group chat, group administrators can now mark Workplace posts as important to pin them to the top of the Workplace News Feed.

Changes are being made to the Work Graph algorithm to surface more relevant content for employees.

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