With a daily volume of 10 million users and nearly 85,000 paid users as of January 2019, Slack is all set to go public later this year and this has prompted Facebook to release its own updated figures of its Workplace. Based in San Francisco, Slack has raised more than $1 billion in venture capital investment, which includes a $427 million funding round in August.
According to a report by TechCrunch, the company has 2 million paid users which don’t include those who are using its free tier; and NGOs and educational organizations and if we add these we get ‘millions’ more.
The report further goes on to add that Facebook’s paid tier starts at $3 per month per user and it started charging for its services in 2017 after its launch in October 2016. Facebook has always pitched the Workplace as a tool for big organizations and currently, it has more than 150 companies with a workforce of more than 10,000. Some of the more prominent names include Walmart, Nestle, Vodafone, GSK, Telefonica, AstraZeneca, and Delta Airlines among others.
Enterprise users are very important for Workplace and it has made a conscious effort over the last few years to add more features to the platform that would a culmination of what Facebook has to offer and enterprise communication services that Workplace provides.
With Workplace, Facebook has also aligned with PwC, Deloitte Digital, Revevol, Slalom Consulting, Enablo, among other partners.
Slack is still the market leader in business messaging tools services and Facebook is trying hard to make its presence felt in this space. In one such move, Karandeep Anand was appointed as the head of Workplace last year. He came to Facebook from Microsoft three years ago and has a solid understanding of enterprise software to take the company forward.