Box-Google Apps Combo Provides Proven Cloud Alternative to Microsoft Office 365
PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwire – Jun 22, 2011) – Box today announced a major integration with Google Docs, empowering Box’s 6 million users to easily create and collaborate on content in the cloud with Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Beginning today, all users can apply Google’s real-time, concurrent editing to the more than 50 million Word and Excel files already stored on Box, and also create Google Docs and Spreadsheets directly within Box folders. The collaborative editing capabilities of Google Docs combined with the simplicity of Box’s content management provide a powerful, proven cloud alternative to Microsoft Office 365, finally due to come out of beta on June 28.
“We’re moving towards a future where cloud documents eclipse those tethered to desktop applications, and at Box, we’re accelerating this shift for our entire user base by bringing Google’s collaborative documents to Box’s content management,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “The true power of the cloud is unlocked through deep integrations such as this, and we’re betting that platforms built around openness will triumph over the closed, proprietary approach that enterprise vendors have traditionally embodied.”
Today, Box makes it easy for six million individuals and 60,000 businesses to share, manage and collaborate on all their content in the cloud. With the expanded Google Docs integration, users will benefit from the full capabilities of Google’s leading web productivity suite, coupled with Box’s simple, secure content management. Box users across all plans can now create Google Docs and Spreadsheets directly within the Box interface, and take advantage of Google’s real-time, concurrent editing when collaborating with colleagues. Users can then share these files with Box collaborators, view document updates in Box’s real-time activities feed, and leverage Box collaboration tools like commenting and tasks. For Business and Enterprise customers, Box’s sophisticated user permissions and advanced IT settings ensure secure management of all file types at scale.
In addition to Google Docs, the Box Apps Marketplace includes integrations with dozens of leading cloud solutions like Salesforce, NetSuite and Yammer, making Box content easily accessible across critical business applications. Box users can also share and access content from the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The company will continue to aggressively invest in expanding and deepening its partnerships, fueled by a $48M round of funding in February and consistent 3X year-over-year enterprise revenue growth.
To learn more about Box, visit www.box.net.
Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure, scalable content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Today, nearly 6 million individuals and 60,000 companies use Box to easily manage information and collaboration in the cloud, with enterprise-grade security and oversight. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone and Android applications, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Box is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners.