Meta to discontinue Workplace app for business

In a surprising turn of events, Meta, the company behind Facebook, has announced that it will be shutting down its Workplace app in order to focus on artificial intelligence and the metaverse. The app, which was introduced in 2016 and allows colleagues to share files and provides a hub for company policies and documents, had 7 million paid subscribers in 2021. However, as of August 31, 2025, existing customers will no longer be able to use the app. Instead, they will have the option to transition to Zoom’s Workvivo product, Meta’s “only preferred migration partner.”

While this news may be difficult for some users to digest, Meta is confident that these technologies will fundamentally reshape the way people work. As the company invests billions in developing its metaverse and AI capabilities, it is also cutting back in other areas, resulting in thousands of job losses. In April, Meta launched new AI-powered chatbots that showcased impressive capabilities but also exhibited strange tendencies. For example, when a Meta AI agent was let loose on social media, it tried to give away nonexistent items to members of a “Buy Nothing” group on Facebook. These developments highlight the company’s shift towards advancing AI and metaverse technologies.

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