RIP Docs.com

This is just a reminder (and for myself really) that time is running out if you use Docs.com in any way for file sharing–Microsoft is discontinuing the service for good on December 15 (meaning the site will no longer be accessible after this date). With that said though, other services will be shut down ahead of that time.

Here is the timeline:

Docs.com retirement dates

The next date to keep on your calendar that will come up soon is August 1, when publishing and editing content will no longer be supported. If you have an existing Docs.com account, you will be able to view or download your existing content only.

Update: As of August 1, the site is now in read-only mode. So, what do you do now? Well, that means you have until December 14th to migrate your data to OneDrive.

At the very top of your Docs.com page there is a button that you can press to easily migrate your Docs.com data to your OneDrive account. Just press the button and follow the instructions.

docs.com migration

Why is Docs.com Being Retired?

Well, it all has to do with the acquisition of LinkedIn (which owns SlideShare). And in Microsoft’s own words SlideShare…

represents the ideal platform for publishing your Word, PowerPoint, and PDF content with its audience of 70 million professionals, and vast content library.

I’ll agree that SlideShare does has a much larger audience than Docs.com ever did, but Docs.com had some features and an overall feel to it that I am sure going to miss. For one thing, I used Docs.com to curate content from the web, web links and such, and it was really easy to do and kind of beautiful to create albums. SlideShare, at least from what I can see, does not have that ability, nor does its interface appear to be as easy to navigate, edit, and curate from a creator’s standpoint. Well, at least I think so.

If you’d like to read more about Docs.com end of service and commonly asked questions, here is the support article.

docs.com support article link