Google Docs has got a major competition today, in the form of Docs.com, which is an online document editor and viewer by Microsoft Fuse labs and powered by Facebook. Docs.com connects directly to Facebook and uses all of the new social features for third-party sites that Facebook announced today at F8.
It allows users to share documents with their Facebook friends, edit them collaboratively and discover documents that their friends have uploaded to their profiles. The users can create documents in the cloud, right inside the web application or just upload a doc from their desktop.
Docs gives you the option to share documents privately or you can allow a select group of your Facebook friends to edit the document with you. A button next to every document allows you to add additional editors at any point. You can also add a new tab to your profile page that shows all the documents you have shared with your friends. This also means that you can use Facebook to discuss these documents in public, just like you would discuss any other status update on the site.
Now, this takes a direct jibe at Google docs and Apple’s iWork. Unlike Google docs, where you need to enter your friend’s contact details, Docs.com already knows all about you, your friends and what you are interested in! Downside is that Docs.com is not as business friendly as Google docs, since it either requires collaborators to be Facebook friends or the document to be shared with all of Facebook, but it might make sense for smaller teams.
Docs.com supports word documents and Powerpoint presentations, as well as Excel spreadsheets. It’s live right now, and I am sure you would love to have a look yourself – www.Docs.com