brings Office document sharing to Facebook

By on April 22, 2010, 12:35 PM
Facebook and Microsoft have teamed up on a new online document-sharing service that will seamlessly integrate with the popular social networking site. Dubbed, the beta site allows users to log in with their Facebook credentials, create Office documents -- Word, Excel and Powerpoint files -- and add friends as either viewers or document editors. New documents will show up in a user's news feed, just like status updates or pictures.

The service is based on Microsoft's upcoming Office 2010 Web Apps suite and tapping into Facebook's large user base might get it off to a good start in the inevitable competition with Google Docs. The question is if collaborating on documents is an activity Facebook users are interested in -- you know the site's not particularly known for boosting productivity at work, right? is currently in a limited beta phase, so anyone can view documents, but in order to edit or create new ones you'll have to join a wait list. Google has also been making a big push around online-document sharing, with a recent slew of updates to its free services and their paid Google Apps for Businesses offering becoming an increasingly popular alternative to desktop suites.

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treeski treeski said:

I could see this being pretty useful and convenient, using my facebook account.

vangrat said:

Hmm this seems like one of those ideas that at first you go O.o why...but later becomes something so big that the internet just wouldn't be the same without it and people look around going...what did we do before anyways...just my impression though.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I distinctly remember that MS made some investment in facebook few years ago, time to get something out of it I believe .

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