After being around for a little more than two years, Microsoft is shutting down its document sharing service, Docs.com. The purpose of Docs.com was to provide users a place on the Web to show off their Office documents without them having to be hosted on a personal website.
On June 9, Microsoft posted a bulletin on its website announcing that the Docs.com service will be discontinued. The official shut down date is Friday, December 15, 2017. The bulletin reads, in part:
“Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date.
Following Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, SlideShare has joined the Microsoft family, and represents the ideal platform for publishing your Word, PowerPoint, and PDF content with its audience of 70 million professionals, and vast content library. For custom sharing, OneDrive offers additional tools, permission settings, and security to help share and protect your data and content. With the retirement of the Docs.com service, we hope to streamline our offerings in this space and provide you with a more cohesive experience.
We appreciate your patronage of our service and apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this transition. We are happy to provide automatic backup of compatible files to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.”
Microsoft is pushing current Docs.com users to host, store, and share their documents on SlideShare, Sway, or its OneDrive cloud storage service. If you are such a user, you can still access any existing documents that are stored on Docs.com, but you won’t be able to upload any new documents. You can also have your existing documents automatically backed up to OneDrive by signing in to your Docs.com account. If you’re not a user, then you won’t be able to create a new Docs.com account – and with it being shut down in a couple of months, there’s no reason you should.
For more details on the ending of Docs.com, visit Microsoft’s Office support page here.
Danita White for TechFunnel.com