Unless you've been living under a rock, then you probably know a little something about this week's general release of Docs.com. Essentially a version of Microsoft's Office Web Apps for Facebook users, the tool injects the enterprise directly into everyone's favorite social scene, instead of the -- more common -- other way around. 

Fusing Social and Business Environments 

Brought to you by FUSE labs, Docs.com marries social features with business setting.

"...when users log into Docs.com, they're using Palo Alto, CA-based Facebook's authentication system," explained Wade Roush of Xconomy.com. "When they create, edit, and save documents, they're using authoring and cloud storage software created by Microsoft's Office Web Apps and Windows Azure teams. And when they share their documents with other Facebook users, they're tapping into Facebook's Open Graph application programming interface. It's perhaps the first time Microsoft has integrated one of its products so thoroughly into another company's Web infrastructure." 

The service was first discussed in April, and is now on general release. New features that weren't a part of the initial beta version include: 

  • Author document as your Facebook Page
  • Post a document to Facebook Pages
  • Add the Docs profile tab
  • Share and co-manage all docs created by other page administrators
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Outlook Loves Facebook Too

In addition to Docs.com, Facebook is showing Outlook some love as well.  Outlook users can now view Facebook status updates, wall posts, and photos without leaving their e-mail:




 Outlook's integration of Facebook is a nice addition to LinkedIn and MySpace, which were tacked on last winter

“Our vision for Outlook (and the Outlook Social Connector) is to provide a communications hub that is vital to both professional and personal communications," said the official Microsoft Outlook blog. "By integrating with both Facebook and MySpace, Outlook 2010 enables you to connect not only to co-workers and colleagues, but with all of your friends and family within your Outlook Inbox.”

Google To Support Multiple Sign-in

If having to sign into separate browsers (or open incognito windows) in order to login with different Gmail accounts irritates you, worry not. Google has the answer

The team is reportedly working on a multiple account sign-in feature that will allow users to sign into different accounts using the same browser (with either new windows or separate tabs). Drawbacks include not being able to work in offline mode if the multiple sign-in feature is turned on: 


MindTouch's Biggest Update, Ever

MindTouch's (news, site) most recent update to its collaboration platform ensures that your content is strategic through the use of authoring tools, discovery and curation analytics. There's a lot of focus here on  collaboration integrated with enterprise applications-- more, we'd say, than other collaboration platform offerings such as Jive Software, SocialText or Telligent. 

"What we’re seeing is a maturation of the social computing landscape." said Irwin Lazar. "It’s no longer about 'which cool new tool can I deploy' but how can I leverage these tools to improve the overall ability of those within and outside my organization to communicate and collaborate." 

MindTouch 2010 is a nice example of this. For those that need specific products to get things up and running quickly, MindTouch is worth checking out. 

Cisco's New Collaboration Platform

Speaking of collaboration platforms, Cisco (news, site) hit the wire with one this week. The company's new hosted collaboration platform is designed for partners who need to support the various collaboration needs of their customers, and is built upon four pillars: 

  • Cisco Unified Communications and Collaboration
  • Optimized Virtualization Platform
  • Centralized Management
  • Service Provider System Architecture

As Collaboration as a Service (CaaS) gains momentum, Cisco does right by focusing on team work that aims to help partners provide cloud-based solutions with increased flexibility for their customers. Check it out