An online ‘social’ office to share Docs with your Facebook friends.
At the Facebook’s F8 conference, Microsoft and Facebook announced the beta invite-only release of Docs.com. The site can be used to create and share Office documents, such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint files, with Facebook friends. Docs.com seems to be built on a stripped down version of Microsoft’s upcoming Office 2010 Web Apps platform.
“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 Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, which is centered around creating rich, online, social experiences. In our use, the site functioned normally and was quick to load, however, we were unable to load a single document (we could download them, though). Interestingly, according to the FAQ, only one person can edit a document at a time, meaning that even though it’s touted as a ‘social’ experience, it is not actually a collaboration tool, like Google Docs or Office Web Apps when it’s released.
The site is invite-only currently but users wanting to try out the service can sign up for the waiting list here.