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Microsoft to shut down its file-sharing site December 15

09 Juin 2017

Microsoft is advocating those who want to publish their Word, PowerPoint and PDF content use SlideShare.

The shutdown was first spotted by ZDNet.

A statement from Microsoft regarding the service's closure makes no mention of this kerfuffle, however, instead referring to another service it acquired as part of its purchase of LinkedIn. It was effectively an effort to get ahead of the then rapidly growing threat of Google Docs by jumping on the back of a more popular social network to give it a jump start.

December 15, 2017 - The site and all of its content will be officially discontinued. File formats the service supported included Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, and Sway's.

Microsoft is advising users to migrate and/or delete content they shared on as soon as possible. The tech giant decided this owing to the fact that this service coincided with the offerings of SlideShare and OneDrive.

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As of today, June 9, creating new accounts is no longer supported.

Not long ago, made headlines after it was discovered that content on that site was easily discoverable via the search feature on the site which exposed sensitive content under the right scenario.

Microsoft published instructions for moving files and content from to OneDrive and/or OneDrive for Business. (Microsoft will automate the transfer on your behalf). is notable for having been in the centre of a row about privacy, security and data leakage at the beginning of the year. But unbeknownst to some users, serves as public file repository. According to an accompanying online advisory, the decision to shutter comes after one of Microsoft's biggest buys of 2016. Until May 18, 2018, any links to content you've previously shared with others that have been automatically redirected to your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business account will stop working.

Further information on the process, including what happens to public links, what happens if your OneDrive storage limit is less than the file volume on and what to do if you're an Office 365 administrator can be found here.

Microsoft to shut down its file-sharing site December 15