Microsoft is shutting down its Docs.com file sharing service

Angelica Greene
June 9, 2017

"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", Microsoft said in a statement Friday.

The shutdown was first spotted by ZDNet.

Microsoft purchased business-themed social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016.

In 2015, Microsoft revamped its Docs.com site to become a new "Internet destination" where users could publish for public consumption their Office documents, including Sways.

December 15, 2017 - The Docs.com site and all of its content will be officially discontinued. Along with Sways, users can post Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office Mix documents and/or collections that will be discoverable by search engines to the Docs.com site. The tech giant decided this owing to the fact that this service coincided with the offerings of SlideShare and OneDrive.

Docs.com began as a partnership with Facebook back in 2010 to provide an online creation and editing option for Office files. Once you backup your content to OneDrive, your shared Docs.com links will automatically link to the new location on OneDrive - however, starting May 15, 2018, all links to any Docs.com will stop working - including the links that were redirected. However, if you're a Docs.com user, you will still be able to view, edit, publish, download, and delete your existing content for a while longer. (Microsoft will automate the transfer on your behalf). Please sign in to download or migrate your Docs.com content.

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Docs.com is notable for having been in the centre of a row about privacy, security and data leakage at the beginning of the year.

Microsoft will also allow Docs.com share links to work for some time after the service's closure.

The company says that the reason they are closing the site is that with the acquisition of LinkedIn, Slideshare is the new preferred platform.

Existing Docs.com users can already choose to have their content backed up to OneDrive.

A more detailed FAQ on how the transition may affect you is available here.

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