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Facebook already runs your life. Now it is launching a social network for the office

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In just 12 years, Facebook has swept aside most of its rivals, drawn in half the world’s internet users and changed how we keep track of long-lost friends. But there is at least one area of our lives that the social network is yet to conquer: the office.

On Monday, the internet giant set out plans to change that, unveiling a version of Facebook designed entirely for businesses. “Workplace by Facebook” has been in testing for two years and will be instantly familiar to members of the social network, apart from a facelift that replaces the familiar blue colour scheme with a more muted grey.

Users can post status updates, photos and videos, “like” and comment on posts within their feed and chat with colleagues. But instead of viral cat videos and envy-inducing holiday photos, Workplace is meant to be filled by meeting minutes, messages from the boss and corporate schedules.

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