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Facebook’s Rival to Slack, Yammer Coming Next Month

Facebook is nearing a commercial launch of Facebook at Work, its business-focused social network, and now plans to charge companies based on the number of employees who use the service monthly, a Facebook executive said. That’s a change from Facebook’s earlier plans to offer the software for free but to charge companies based on additional services they use.

In an interview, Julien Codorniou, director of Facebook at Work, said the decision to charge an amount “per monthly active user” was based on Facebook’s confidence that the product “would get employees engaged.” Mr. Codorniou declined to say how much Facebook would charge companies.

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