Elance and oDesk merged over a year ago and remained untouched as far as users were concerned. Now, the merged companies have rebranded under the name “Upwork.” The Upwork platform is more robust than oDesk or Elance, offering a mobile app, enhanced search and a real-time chat service.
The company states that they have been working on the Upwork platform for over a year with the intention of bringing real-time features to their clients faster.
Currently, Elance remains its own separate platform, while oDesk now redirects users back to the Upwork platform.
oDesk users will still be able to login to the site using their user credentials.
While the new platform is more robust and aesthetically pleasing, users are already stressing their concerns. One user mentions that the hourly tracking is not working and that the time spent working for a client was not tracked properly, so he or she may have lost money for work that was done.
The new platform states that there is over $1 billion in work completed on the platform (oDesk statistics) each year. With a commission of 10% on each project, Upwork brings in over $100 million in revenue each year with the new rebranding goal of increasing revenues even further.