Microsoft and Facebook announce Docs.com, a "social" Office

TheNextWeb is reporting that at Facebook's F8 developer conference, Microsoft and Facebook announced the beta release of Docs.com. The site is built on, what seems to be, a stripped down version of Microsoft's upcoming Office 2010 Web Apps platform, and can be used to create and share Office documents with Facebook friends. The service can be used for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

"Now you can discover, create, and share Microsoft Office documents with your Facebook friends. Built using Microsoft Office 2010 – Docs for Facebook lets you work from just about anywhere with the familiar Office experience"

Docs.com is part of Microsof'ts FUSE Labs, which is centered around creating rich, online, social experiences. The site seems to be fairly functional, though it's still in beta and should not be relied upon as your primary office suite. It's interesting to note, that according to the FAQ, only one person can edit a document at a time. This means that although it's a social experience, it's not an actual collaboration tool. Google Docs still has the upper hand in this category, as will Office Web Apps when it's released.

It's unclear what kind of integration, if any, this site will have with Office Web Apps when it's released. After looking around the site, there doesn't seem to be any mention of SkyDrive storage or anything like that. For all we know, the service may store all of your documents on Facebook and its servers, making it a completely separate entity from Microsoft's upcoming offering.

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Love the concept. I love Google Docs but unfortunately not every one of my friends have a Google account But all of them are on Facebook! Nice

ccoltmanm said,
Shouldnt it be docx.com? Pronounced the same but better format?

Well, the service isn't focusing on the Open XML (.docx) format specifically. It's focusing on providing storage abilities to Facebook users.

Also, the website refers to the files stored there as "docs", so that may be another reason...

Wombatt said,
Is it just me whos having problems with the "sign up for the waiting list link" in firefox?

Problem in IE7 also and Safari.

Wombatt said,
Is it just me whos having problems with the "sign up for the waiting list link" in firefox?
i end up downloading JoinWaitlist.file wtf...

If its collaboration capabilities really develop, this just might work. I've done group papers and I've really pushed for using Google Docs, but not everyone has a Google account. I know they can still access/edit with other accounts and settings, but its still a hassle. With much people on Facebook, this could really kick off.

gazebee_ said,
If its collaboration capabilities really develop, this just might work. I've done group papers and I've really pushed for using Google Docs, but not everyone has a Google account. I know they can still access/edit with other accounts and settings, but its still a hassle. With much people on Facebook, this could really kick off.

Plus, not everyone digs Google period.. with their draconian data mining ways. :-S

gazebee_ said,
If its collaboration capabilities really develop, this just might work. I've done group papers and I've really pushed for using Google Docs, but not everyone has a Google account. I know they can still access/edit with other accounts and settings, but its still a hassle. With much people on Facebook, this could really kick off.

The way FaceBook keeps growning as well, it's at what? 400m users already? You'd be crazy not to tap into it. MS seems to have the right idea, even if some out there question it or don't understand it. docs.com, KIN/WP7. This whole social network thing isn't going away anytime soon, if ever, and the people who use them use them alot.

majg said,

Plus, not everyone digs Google period.. with their draconian data mining ways. :-S


Yet Facebook is the bastion of privacy.

Elliott said,

Yet Facebook is the bastion of privacy.

far as i'm aware facebook didnt turn over thousands of emails to be allowed to open offices in china.... ... just sayin....

MarenLBC said,
Damn that's awesome docs.com...great name!

That's quite a coup as it's pretty difficult to get basic domain names these days.

TrOjAn. said,

Weird this domain wasn't taken already..?

Oh I'm sure it was at least domainsquatted, but Microsoft probably bought it for whatever $$$ was necessary.

I haven't even tried it out yet, so I don't know how sharing works, but I wouldn't be surprised if they want a short url both for short names and ease of remembering.

TrOjAn. said,

Weird this domain wasn't taken already..?

MS and FB probably hired a hitman to kill the owner of docs.com and acquire it illegally. On the other hand, they also have a chest of gold and silver that they used to acquire it.

vice le von said,
MS and FB probably hired a hitman to kill the owner of docs.com and acquire it illegally. On the other hand, they also have a chest of gold and silver that they used to acquire it.

If someone killed a cybersquatter - would anyone remotely give a toss? I know I wouldn't shed a tear.