Facebook wants to bring its Portal video display hardware to the office with the introduction of a dedicated Workplace app – one of a handful of updates to the company’s enterprise social network announced at the Flow user conference in San Francisco this week.
Launched last year, Portal supports video calls between Facebook and WhatsApp users, with an AI powered “smart camera” that tracks body movements of speakers during calls. With the Workplace app, Portal can now be used to connect work colleagues, too.
“You will be able to use Workplace on a Portal device to communicate not with your friends but with your colleagues,” said Julien Codorniou, Facebook’s vice president for Workplace. “You will be able to call them on another Portal device, on their mobile phone if they are on the go or on their PC or iPads if they are in the office.”
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