Facebook takes over Redkix chat service for integration with Workplace

Slack, Microsoft Teams, Facebook Workplace. Just a few of the services that are available for business collaborations. Today, Facebook has taken over the chat company Redkix; a startup that offers a very different kind of collaboration software than other companies do.

Redkix reports the acquisition on its website, but does not mention an amount. Sources that spoke to the CTech site claim that some hundred million dollars are involved. This is not at all certain, but it could well be given the seventeen million dollars that the company recently picked up during an investment round.

Different than the rest

Redkix works differently from other business collaboration software. At Slack and Teams people can chat with each other via the interface. At Redkix, however, it is also possible for employees to participate in discussions, if they are invited via the mail. An employee can also send messages to a chat channel, even if they do not have a Redkix account.

The function fits nicely within the Workplace service of Facebook. This allows companies to set up their own version of the social network, which, as far as the interface is concerned, is very similar to the network of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Redkix also emphasizes that familiar feeling, and for that reason enables users to chat via their mail account, instead of having to use a separate interface.


Facebook has not announced what it exactly plans with Redkix. In their statement, founders Oudi Antebi and Roy Antebi announce that the service will be completely stopped as part of the deal. The conclusion that draws from this is that Facebook intends to fully integrate the service into Workplace.

It is not the first time that a takeover takes place in the world of business collaboration software, in which the acquired service is then completely discontinued. Slack previously did that with HipChat, which it took over earlier today. HipChat will stop today with the offer of its service and the functionalities will be integrated within Slack.

Facebook currently has around 30,000 customers for Workplace. That is nothing compared to Slack, which has 500,000 companies as customers and is used by eight million people every day.

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