Many Internet users who want to view and edit documents online use Google Docs to do so. There are other services besides Google Docs but none that can compete with Google’s service on an eye to eye level. This however could change in the near future with the public release of Docs.com, an online document processing service by Microsoft and Facebook.
Docs.com is built on Microsoft Office 2010 Web Apps platform. It will allow Facebook users to create, edit and share Microsoft Office documents directly on the website.
The service is currently in private beta. Interested users can use their Facebook account to join the waiting list and receive notifications when the service becomes available for them.
Letâ€™s take a moment to walk through a typical social document lifecycle. Creating a document is the first stepâ€”and it couldnâ€™t be easier. You can start the document on your desktop version of Microsoft Office, or you can go to Docs and start one in the cloud.
Once youâ€™ve saved a document to docs.com, you can begin sharing by granting viewing and editing rights to your friends. By clicking on the â€˜editâ€™ button beside â€˜viewersâ€™ when you have one of your docs open, you can choose to add one or multiple friends, let all your friends view the docâ€¦or share your doc with all Facebook users. By clicking on the â€˜editâ€™ button beside â€˜editors,â€™ you can also add one or multiple friendsâ€¦or let all your friends edit this doc.
Once youâ€™ve shared a doc, your friends will discover it just like they discover photos or videos today. Friends who log into Facebook to see what youâ€™ve been up to will see the docs youâ€™ve shared. They can also see your docs integrated directly into your profile. You can also add a tab to your profile page that will let your friends see any documents that youâ€™ve shared just with themâ€¦and docs youâ€™ve share with everyone.
On Facebook, you can discuss a doc just as you would a status update or photo â€”so thereâ€™s really nothing new to learn here. To start using Docs, just pop over to docs.com and upload or create a new doc. If you need a little more help, go to docs.com/about and watch the â€˜Getting Startedâ€™ tutorial.
Microsoft has created two demonstration videos that explain the basic functionality of Docs.
The beta version supports Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations which can be uploaded, created and edited in Docs.com. That’s different from Google Docs which allow a user to upload other document formats as well.
Another difference between the two services is work collaboration which exists in Google Docs but not in Docs.com.
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