For the longest time, Facebook and its various technological tendrils, including WhatsApp and Instagram, have been a popular time killer at work. They're the sites and apps you flip to on your lunch break or when you can't stand looking at another Excel spreadsheet. Facebook, predictably, isn't content with filling these gaps in productivity. For the last few years, it's been pushing a version of Facebook called Workplace, which helps employees chat, collaborate and generally get stuff done.
It has, for the most part, looked and functioned just like Facebook. That was its biggest selling point, in fact -- the globe-spanning popularity of the social network meant that almost anyone could use it with minimal training. Starting this month, however, Facebook is taking a risk and rolling out a redesign that, well, makes Workplace a little less like Facebook.
The company teased the visual overhaul during its F8 developer conference in April. The biggest and most obvious change is the new navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen, which now has three large circular icons: home, notifications and chat. Clicking on these will reveal a bunch of relevant shortcuts in a second slightly wider column.