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In love with Facebook and in fear of OpenOffice, Microsoft has updated its collaboration service for 500 million users on Mark Zuckerberg's social network.

Docs.com has been updated for the second time in two months, adding support for PDF files, full-text search, social document ranking, user-generated templates, and bulk drag-and-drop uploading of documents built using Microsoft's Silverlight media player. You need to use Silverlight 4.0 and higher.

In August, Microsoft added the ability to search for people, pages, and tags to Docs.com, launched in April of this year.

Docs.com is the work of Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie's FUSE Labs.

Ozzie previewed the news in his first blog posting in 12 months, titled "I'm back". Microsoft's big brain of innovation used the occasion to solemnly scan and upload an old document on the 25th anniversary of Windows.

Ozzie reckoned he found the document while straightening his office. The aged doc comes with the business card from one of the co-founders of Microsoft's mega PR agency Waggener Edstrom — but Ozzie joined Microsoft in 2005. Somebody must have handed him this artifact in the last five years as opposed to him being an original recipient. ®

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