Microsoft, Facebook launch Docs.com
Discover, Create & Share
Docs is a new service from Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs that allows Facebook users to discover, create & share Microsoft Office documents. Docs is powered by Microsoft Office Web Apps.
Docs provides the best possible document service for the Facebook environment. This focus on Facebook means that the service is all about sharing your documents.
Docs.com looks and feels like Google Docs and it went live on live on Wednesday at Facebook’s F8 conference. The site allows Facebook users to log in using Facebook Connect and create, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents with their Facebook friends. New documents will show up in a user’s news feed, just like status updates or pictures.
It’s in beta testing for now and it’s open for limited number of users only or you could sign up for the waiting list. Microsoft is planning to launch its own online document-sharing service later this year, but Docs.com gives it a good way to test its technology within Facebook’s walls.
According to Cnet.com Google has been making a big push around online-document sharing, with Google Apps development, courting businesses large and small in an effort to get them to switch to its version of cloud-computing services. Docs.com is probably not as business-friendly, since it either requires collaborators to be Facebook friends or the document to be shared with all of Facebook, but it might make sense for smaller teams
From Lili Cheng’s blog post: The fact that we’ve been able to adapt the Office 2010 “Web Apps” technology to work directly with Facebook truly speaks to the flexibility and power not just of the Facebook platform, but also of the Office system’s rich “contextual collaboration” capabilities. And we’d never have been able to achieve our critical ‘simplicity’ goals had it not been for our ability to use a new test feature from Facebook that allows us to build an instantly personalized and seamless document authorization & sharing experience directly from our site.
This next version of Facebook Platform puts people at the center of the web. It lets you shape your experiences online and make them more social. For example, if you like a band on Pandora, that information can become part of the graph so that later if you visit a concert site, the site can tell you when the band you like is coming to your area. The power of the open graph is that it helps to create a smarter, personalized web that gets better with every action taken.
by: by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:44am
We think that the future of the web will be filled with personalized experiences. We’ve worked with three pre-selected partners—Microsoft Docs, Yelp and Pandora—to give you a glimpse of this future, which you can access without having to login again or click to connect. For example, now if you’re logged into Facebook and go to Pandora for the first time, it can immediately start playing songs from bands you’ve liked across the web. And as you’re playing music, it can show you friends who also like the same songs as you, and then you can click to see other music they like.
We look forward to a future where all experiences are this easy and personalized, and we’re happy today to take the next important step to get there.
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Check out what user say about this new Docs.com via Facebook/docs
also check out what people have to say about this new docs.com via http://blogs.zdnet.com/igeneration/?p=4711&tag=trunk;content
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Interview Excerpt
April 21 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg talks with Bloomberg’s Cris Valerio about the company’s Docs.com online document-sharing partnership with Microsoft Corp. (Source: Bloomberg)
Docs For Facebook Overview