What's new in Workplace?
We're almost midway through 2019 and we're continuing to launch lots of exciting product improvements. Highlights this month include major improvements to file sharing and Workplace Chat. We also streamlined parts of the admin setup experience. Take a look at what's new in Workplace this month.
File collaboration made easier
Files are at the heart of collaboration. And we believe that being able to share and discover the right files and content is key to getting work done. We introduced a lot of new features to make sharing and discovering files easier, more flexible and more efficient. These features include:
- Attaching multiple files in a post from desktop and cloud providers, e.g. Dropbox, Box, Sharepoint, OneDrive and Google Drive
- Adding files to comments
- Adding files to Workplace Chat messages
- Native Microsoft Sharepoint and OneDrive, and Google Drive file pickers
- Linking folders to a group
- Improved files tab on the new Workplace experience
Making it easier to find what you need on Chat
Chat is central to the way we communicate and work today, but it can quickly become a noisy space. Workplace Chat helps you focus on what's important with the new unread line and shared content tab.
Workplace Chat updates
The new shared content tab lets you easily rediscover files, photos and videos that people have shared within a chat conversation in one central place. Just go to the menu of any of your chats to find shared content.
When you open a chat thread, you're now brought to the last message you read in the conversation. Workplace Chat will also display a divider line to indicate the number of unread messages you have. These improvements are the first of several upcoming Workplace Chat enhancements.
Locating files in Workplace Chat
Take time to recharge with scheduled Do Not Disturb
Workplace helps you to feel more connected than ever while you work from anywhere. But that doesn't mean you should always be connected. To help people strike the right work-life balance, we've added the ability to schedule Do Not Disturb in Workplace.
Do Not Disturb signals to when you're not available and mutes incoming chats, video and voice calls when you're busy or away. Now, you can create a recurring do not disturb schedule after work and on your days off to make sure that you're taking time to disconnect and recharge.
To set a do not disturb schedule, click on your profile image in the bottom left-hand corner of Workplace and click Do Not Disturb > Do Not Disturb schedule. If you're using the old Workplace design, just go to Workplace Chat and click the gear icon > Do Not Disturb.
You can choose the full days that you want Do Not Disturb enabled and the schedule you want to enable for every day of the week. In addition to your schedule, you can always enable do not disturb when you want some time to focus. Scheduled Do Not Disturb will be available to everyone over the next few days. Take a look at the Help Centre for more details.
Scheduled Do Not Disturb
Making admins' jobs easier with better account management tools
Attribute mapping with Azure AD and GSuite
We're launching a new native integration setup with Azure and GSuite which will allow you to map profile attributes from Azure AD or GSuite to Workplace. This means you can now more easily manage Workplace users with Azure AD and GSuite without having to leave Workplace.
More tools for Azure AD and GDrive
Once you connect Azure AD or GSuite to your Workplace community, we'll automatically keep accounts in sync so that if people join or leave, Workplace will instantly update. You can find more information about this feature in the Help Centre article.