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Facebook Announces Microsoft Office Integration

Gordon Kelly


Facebook Announces Microsoft Office Integration

Microsoft and Facebook have been mighty friendly ever since the former splashed out a seemingly-ridiculous-but-increasingly-astute $240m for a 1.6 per cent stake in the social networking phenomenon and now, after a suitable period of courtship, the two have taken their relationship to the next level...

In a joint announcement the two mega-powers have unveiled 'Docs.com' - essentially an extension of Microsoft Office 2010 web apps which can be integrated directly into Facebook. Created by Microsoft's FUSE Labs in just four months, it drags Facebook into the brave new area of document sharing and even real time online collaboration.

Docs.com can create new Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents and post them to your news feed, though I'd be wary of sharing spreadsheets with friends you'd like to keep. Friends can be granted read-only, edit or access to the aforementioned real time collaboration - which is a nice repost to the recent addition of such functionality in Google Docs and kinda cool if you're writing stories, creating cards or some other saccharine hobby.

Will Facebook users bite and will it prove the tasty feeder to Office Microsoft no doubt hopes it will be? We'll know soon since Microsoft and Facebook have made Docs.com integration immediately available. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't work yet with Google Chrome. We didn't expect Microsoft to play that nice...




April 22, 2010, 11:35 am

Seems to work fine in Chrome for me.


April 22, 2010, 2:30 pm

"weary" or "wary"?


April 22, 2010, 2:59 pm

The moment Facebook puts a web search function inside is the day Google will have very serious problems. Bing for Facebook. Mark my words..

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