Facebook is introducing a free version of Workplace, the company\u2019s social network for business, in a bid to appeal to smaller and more cost-sensitive organizations that don\u2019t necessarily need enterprise-class services. Workplace Standard, which will initially be offered as a beta, won\u2019t include administrative controls, some security compliance measures, monitoring tools, single sign-on or integration with third-party services, according to Facebook.\n[ Related: First CIO on Workplace by Facebook talks collaboration in the enterprise ]\nThe move, which comes almost six months after Facebook launched Workplace following a 20-month pilot program, brings the service in line with competitors who already offer a free version with limited features. The decision to split Workplace into premium and standard versions also suggests that Workplace has yet to achieve a level of interest and adoption that would be expected of Facebook, particularly among small to medium-sized businesses or those in emerging markets. Facebook has yet to provide any details about how many companies are using Workplace since it was formally released to the public.\n[ Related: Facebook at Work (finally) launches as Workplace ]\n\u201cWe\u2019re really happy with how adoption\u2019s gone, especially with Workplace Premium,\u201d says Simon Cross, product manager at Workplace by Facebook. \u201cThere are just some companies and some situations in which people want to use a version of Workplace without necessarily having to pay for it, and they don\u2019t necessarily need all the features that we\u2019ve baked into Workplace Premium.\u201d\n Facebook \nFacebook Workplace Standard vs. Facebook Workplace Premium. (Click for larger image.)\n\nFacebook splits Workplace into tiers\nCross describes the premium version as an \u201centerprise-class product\u201d with features that let companies manage wide, mass-scale deployments that reach 10s of thousands of people. \u201cNot every company in the world wants to do these large-scale deployments and not every company in the world can afford to pay for Workplace,\u201d he says.\nFacebook charges a range of monthly prices for Workplace Premium, between $1-$3 per active user depending on the size of each customer\u2019s employee base. India is the country with the highest rate of adoption thus far and Workplace is especially popular with companies that are largely staffed by mobile-only workers such as baristas, factory workers and retail employees, according to Facebook.\n\u201cOur goal with Facebook is to connect everyone and our goal with Workplace is to connect everyone who works,\u201d Cross says. \u201cIt\u2019s really as simple as that.\u201d\nFacebook is also responding in part to a growing number of customer requests for a free version, according to Cross. \u201cI think it\u2019s pretty common in this industry that people often get started with a free version of the product and then sometimes they go on to pay for it to get additional features,\u201d he says. \u201cI actually don\u2019t know if we\u2019ll end up with more standard users than premium users, and to be honest we don\u2019t really mind. Our goal is primarily to connect everyone.\u201d\nWhile the free tier of Workplace has limited features for IT and doesn\u2019t include administrative email support, the premium and standard products are \u201cidentical\u201d from a user\u2019s perspective, according to Cross. \u201cSome large businesses need additional tools to manage wide deployment of Workplace across their company and make sure they\u2019re compliant with their obligations,\u201d he says. \u201cMany companies just want to communicate with each other and over a platform that they trust.\u201d Facebook says it will begin testing the free version of Workplace today.