Docs.com

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Docs.com
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Type of site
File hosting service
Successor(s) SlideShare
Owner Microsoft
Website docs.com
Registration Microsoft Account (required to upload files)
Current status Closing[1]

Docs.com is a website where users can discover, upload and share Office documents.[2] Supported file types include Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, Mix video presentations and Sways. Users can also add PDF's and URL's on to their page.[3] Docs.com is a part of Microsoft Office Online. On 9 June 2017, Microsoft announced it was shutting down Docs.com in favor of the acquired SlideShare with its LinkedIn purchase.

Collaboration with Facebook[edit]

Prior to its redesign Docs.com was a collaboration between Microsoft FUSE Labs and Facebook to provide a basic online document editing suite, similar to Google Docs.[4] It is designed to make it easy to discover, create and share Office documents with your Facebook friends. It was announced and officially launched during Facebook f8 conference on April 21, 2010 by Mark Zuckerberg and Lili Cheng.[5]

Docs.com originally offered the capability to upload or create new Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents. Users may view and edit documents online even if they did not have Microsoft Office installed on their device. However, the docs.com web editors integrate with Office so that users may edit documents on their PC or Mac and save them directly back to the cloud. Docs.com also supports upload and in-browser viewing of PDF documents.[6] In January 2011, the site gained support for additional languages.[7]

Docs.com for Facebook was targeting individual users (e.g. students). A similar offering from Microsoft Office Live is directed at business customers.

Technical details[edit]

The Facebook-based Docs.com used Facebook Connect for user authentication. Furthermore, the service was modeled after the Facebook Photos application and uses similar sharing settings so that users may easily invite their friends to either view or edit their documents. Docs.com integrates into the Facebook UI much like photos by providing a homepage within Facebook,[8] a profile tab, and by posting documents to a user's Facebook Wall. The service is built using Microsoft's Office Web Apps and was compatible with the contemporary major browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

Support for Facebook pages[edit]

Docs.com announced support for Facebook pages on July 8, 2010. Facebook page administrators had the option to create a shared folder where they may upload, create and edit shared documents. Documents can easily be posted to a Facebook page for the page's fans to view. Learn how the functionality works or how it was built.[9]

2015 redesign[edit]

In 2015, Microsoft launched a new version of Docs.com. The redesigned service was created to make sharing documents less difficult over the web while also preserving source formatting. Among the supported formats are Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, PDF, and Office Sway among other Office-supported file-types, furthermore Docs.com offers importing features to quickly fetch documents from a user's PC and other Microsoft services such as OneDrive. Docs.com also supports commenting and the downloading of documents, but lacks the feature for users to collaborate on the same documents.[10]

As part of the relaunch of Docs.com Microsoft merged its web accumulation software, Curah! with Docs.com, and at the time of the announcement launched the Windows 10 application for Office Sway which also integrated several of Curah!'s features.[11]

2017 case of sensitive documents[edit]

On 25 March 2017, Microsoft temporarily disabled the search feature after the security researcher Kevin Beaumount discovered that some users had inadvertently uploaded confidential documents containing sensitive information such as passwords, social security numbers and bank statements. The search feature was restored on 27 March. According to PCWorld, many other document and productivity services (including Microsoft's) by default upload the document as private. However, users of Docs.com were in error as to the purpose of the service, despite its tagline "Share your work with the world".[12][13][14]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Important information about Docs.com end of service - Office Support". support.office.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  2. ^ Caldwell, Jonathan (6 August 2015). "Microsoft announces Docs.com, lets user share document collections with friends". WinBeta. 
  3. ^ Reporter, Staff (6 August 2015). "Microsoft's Docs.com To Be Re-Launch - Read The Features Of This Document Sharing Service.". Realty Today. 
  4. ^ Kniskern, Kip (21 April 2010). "Microsoft FUSE Labs releases Docs.com for Facebook.". LiveSide.net Archive. 
  5. ^ "Microsoft, Facebook launch Docs.com - CNET news April 21, 2010"
  6. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (21 April 2010). "Docs.com: Facebook and Microsoft Go After Google Docs.". ReadWrite. 
  7. ^ "Docs.com gets update with multiple language support and spell checking". OnMSFT. 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "homepage within Facebook"
  9. ^ Oiaga, Marius (15 October 2010). "Docs.com Grows into First-Class Sharing and Collaboration Hub for Facebook.". Softpedia. 
  10. ^ Singh, Manish (5 August 2015). "Microsoft 'Docs' Document Sharing Platform Now Available to All.". NDTV-Gadgets. 
  11. ^ Trent, Rod (6 August 2015). "Curah! is Now Part of Docs.com.". SuperSite for Windows. 
  12. ^ Whittaker, Zack (26 March 2017). "Microsoft pulls then revives Docs.com search after complaints of exposed sensitive files". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. 
  13. ^ Paul, Ian (27 March 2017). "Microsoft's Docs.com is sharing dangerously sensitive personal files and information". PCWorld. IDG. 
  14. ^ Gallagher, Sean (27 March 2017). "Doxed by Microsoft’s Docs.com: Users unwittingly shared sensitive docs publicly". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. 

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