Today’s announcement of the Facebook messaging system was not just about Facebook. In addition to being able to view and send messages, users will also be able to view Microsoft documents in Facebook.
In a blog post Microsoft announced collaborating between Office Live Docs and Facebook. Facebook’s new messaging platform will allow users to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with just one click, without having to install any additional software. This feature is similar to what Gmail has, where users can open attachments in Google Docs instead of downloading it.
Along with the one-click integration, Office Web Apps will also allow you to quickly create and share documents with your friends on Facebook. Microsoft is really bullish about pushing it’s Office Web Apps to users considering how popular Google Docs turned out to be. However, will they be able to capture the market share back? With 500 million Facebook users, it could just be possible.
You can create new office documents online by visiting http://www.office.live.com/ and store all your files using the whooping 25GB free space provided with Windows Live SkyDrive.