Elias Pelcastre

Docs, Microsoft’s new tool to “share your work with the world”

It looks like Microsoft wants to create a big blog for everyone to participate as a community.

Docs, a website with a “beta” tag, works as a hub for Office documents from every user that decides to accept the terms and conditions and join the project.

I’m looking at the website from my iPad, and I have to say that it looks pretty good. The home – with an interface that is tablet-responsive – displays a shared collections tab as well as a set of noteworthy authors.

If you don’t want to publish the documents that rest on your Microsoft account, you can still access Docs and read articles published by people around the world.

Keep in mind that, as I said before, you need to log in with your Microsoft details to start publishing content. You can use your Hotmail, MSN or Outlook email and password.

To start publishing, tap on the “Publish” button on the top of the screen. You will see your Windows Live photo, a background image that you can edit, and two buttons to create a collection or publish a document.

Your documents have to be on PowerPoint, Excel, Word, PDF, Sway and Office Mix. I recommend you use a computer to upload content.

I wish Microsoft would allow me to link my website to Docs. I want people to read articles straight from eliaspelcastre.com, instead of accessing my content on the Docs site (in spite of Docs cool web effects).

I invite you to try Docs and leave your impressions in the comment section below.