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Box eyes Google with unlimited storage, Microsoft Office 365 integration

Business storage provider removes previous 1,000GB limit
Wed Jul 16 2014, 11:02
Box has removed the 1,000GB limit from its Business package

CLOUD STORAGE SERVICE Box has announced major overhauls of its service, including unlimited storage for all business punters and integration with Microsoft Office 365.

Box, which already offered unlimited storage for its enterprise service, has now extended this to its general business package, removing the previous 1,000GB limit.

"The unlimited storage move comes just a few weeks after Google announced a similar offering, but Box European SVP David Quantrell told The INQUIRER that the firm was already planning to make this change.

"We've been offering unlimited storage for enterprise customers since 2010 and it was something we also envisioned offering further, as it’s the next step in the progression of storage," Quantrell said.

"We didn't really focus on what anyone else was doing, we just wanted to make sure we remained ahead of the curve with regards what our customers expect."

Box's second major announcement is that it will integrate its service with the Microsoft Office 2013 suite of productivity tools, with plans for full Microsoft Office 365 integration also on the way.

The Box for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop setup will allow users to open, edit, share and save any file from Box using Microsoft Office 2013 desktop applications, including Word, Powerpoint and Excel.

Meanwhile the Box for Microsoft Outlook 2013 Desktop integration will help Box users streamline email workflows so it's easier to share links to files already stored in Box and convert document attachments to links that can be directly shared through Box.

Quantrell said that this is part of the firm's move to make Box's services more about enabling people to work with content, rather than just being a storage provider.

Box also used the announcement to reveal that it now has 27 million individual users and 240,000 businesses are using its services. Earlier this year it announced a huge 300,000-seat deal with GE. µ


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