Facebook teams up with Microsoft Docs
Facebook Docs enables users of the social networking site to share and edit documents
Facebook Docs, a collaboration between the social-networking site and Microsoft, will allow Facebook users to create Microsoft Office documents online and share them across the web via Facebook.
"It's all of the power of Microsoft Office suite online with a simple Facebook integration," said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, at the F8 conference in San Francisco.
The service will enable Facebook users to create, edit and share Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, and is based on the Web Apps element of Microsoft Office 2010.
The move puts Facebook and Microsoft in direct competition with Google, which has its own web-based document service called Google Docs.
Google's offering is targeted more at business users, whereas industry experts say Facebook Docs will be aimed squarely at consumers, and will be available for free to all 400 million users of the social-networking site.
Documents will be posted on Walls and Profiles to enable a user's friends to read or comment on the document.
Facebook Docs is currently in beta, which means that the number of people able to access the service will be limited at first.
Microsoft paid $240m for a 1.6pc stake in Facebook in October 2007.