In an attempt to keep up with its competitors, cloud storage solutions provider Box has announced that it is working on integrating its service with Microsoft’s Office 365. It also announced that starting today, all Box clients subscribed to its ‘Business’ plan will now have unlimited storage. The unlimited storage feature was previously only available to the company’s higher-tier ‘Enterprise’ customers.
“We’ve all benefited from dramatic improvements in storage density. In the past two decades, the cost of storage has dropped by a factor of more than 22,000. Every industry– from manufacturing to healthcare– has benefited in some significant way from the efficiency gains caused by the rapidly decreasing cost of storage, as these improvements have catalyzed the explosion of data that can be created, stored, manipulated and made useful,” said Aaron Levie, co-found and CEO of Box.
As for the Office 365 integration, Box is planning to implement it in three ways – Box for Office 2013 Desktop, Box for Outlook 2013 Desktop, and Box for Office Online. Box for Office 2013 Desktop will enable users to easily open, edit, share, and save any file from Box within Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Box for Outlook 2013 Desktop will allow users to share links to files that are already stored in Box and change document attachments to more secure Box shared links.
“As today’s announcement shows, this is a rapidly evolving market and we’re continuing to invest disproportionately in building new capabilities that make content stored on our platform more valuable than ever. It’s why Box is used in over 240,000 businesses, and becoming the standard at enterprises like GE, P&G, Schneider Electric, Eli Lilly, Gap and Nationwide Insurance,” Levie added.
The Box and Office 365 integrations will enter beta this fall and open to all Box customers. Those interested in testing out the new feature can e-mail Box to be included in the beta list. Office Online integration, on the other hand, will come soon after.