Facebook and Microsoft team up for online Docs – blow for Google,but no surprise

Facebook and Microsoft have announced a deal which will let the social networking site’s users collaborate on creating documents using Docs.com, the online version of Office 2010. Facebook for Docs, announced by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco, is still in beta and users can currently view documents. A waiting list is in operation to access the full service, which was developed by Microsoft’s FUSE labs. “Microsoft is announcing Docs.com today. It’s an online version of its Office suite that makes it easy to share and collaborate with your friends online,” said Zuckerberg. Users can sign into Docs using their Facebook ID, and new documents will show up on the Facebook news feed along with editor details. The move will be a blow to Google as the company looks to extend the use of its cloud services in the same area, but it will hardly have come as a surprise. Microsoft is a shareholder in Facebook after investing USD 240m in 2007

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2261801/facebook-microsoft-team-online

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