The parent company of WordPress.com Automattic today introduced a product of group communication and collaboration that has served as the "foundation of Automattic's distributed work model" for more than a decade.
Automattic invested in telework long before work from home became the new normal in the global workforce after the pandemic.
Since its establishment in 2005, the Automattic focused on distance work and today its products provide more than 1.200 employees in 77 countries with full autonomy to work from wherever they want. The platform announced today by Automattic is called P2, and it has been used internally for more than a decade as a blog-style chat channel for asynchronous communications.
Since 2008, P2 has also been available as a feature that anyone can incorporate into their blog, but has not been updated for a period of four years.
The new P2 announced today, however, comes as a standalone product designed for teams of all sizes. With the support of WordPress.com, P2 is available on the Web and through the WordPress application will be for mobile phones on Android and iOS.
Anyone can create a discussion with topics related to the latest products of the company, new projects, group tours and whatever else you want.
P2 can be configured for private internal group discussions or open conversations with clients and partners. Users can easily switch between P2 from their WordPress.com account. Each P2 has its own unique URL, just like any standard WordPress.com blog.
P2 is available today in an open beta for anyone who wants to use it. Automattic plans to keep the platform free for everyone - however, it will add some premium options in the future.
Currently P2 does not work for sites with WordPress which is outside of WordPress.com, but according to the FAQ there will be developments soon.