Facebook Docs is no Google Docs

April 22, 2010: 2:26 PM ET

Although the name implies that Facebook Docs is something similar to Google Docs, it really is nothing of the sort, at least yet.

At the f8 conference yesterday, Facebook took the wraps off of a way to share documents, spreadsheets and presentation files online with your friends.   The service is called Docs.com and powered by Microsoft's Fuse Labs and is currently in Beta.  The permissions for the Docs are granted and controlled entirely within Facebook.

Otherwise, the Docs are similar to Microsoft's Online Office Live product, with the ability to build Powerpoint, Excel and Word documents online.

If you take a look at the service however, it is not much more than another Facebook app that shares files.  You can edit files online but there is no collaboration like Google has had for months and recently updated to real-time collaboration.

From Docs.com help pages

In fact, this product matches up more with Apple's iWork.com website, which also offers Facebook built-in sharing but permissions are given out with Apple IDs.

You can share your Google Docs via a URL link in Facebook, but cannot control who has permissions to edit it in Facebook.  To edit, they'll need to log in with a Google account.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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