In 2015, Microsoft launched an interesting new service that let users share their Office documents and Sway presentations with the public. Today, the company announced that it’s retiring Docs.com. Microsoft explained in an official announcement that LinkedIn’s SlideShare and OneDrive already offers features that are provided by Docs.com, so Redmond is streamlining its services by killing Docs.com to offer a “more cohesive” experience.
The company is disabling registrations of new accounts on Docs.com effective immediately, and it’ll start offering a new migration service for Office 365 Work or School users on June 19. On August 1, users will no longer be able to publish new content or edit their existing content on Docs.com. And on December 15, Microsoft will pull the plug, making Docs.com and the content hosted on the service completely inaccessible.
Existing Docs.com users can already choose to have their content backed up to OneDrive. Once you backup your content to OneDrive, your shared Docs.com links will automatically link to the new location on OneDrive — however, starting May 15, 2018, all links to any Docs.com will stop working — including the links that were redirected.
Microsoft killing Docs.com makes a lot of sense, as the service didn’t make any sense to start with. Shrug.