Box has unveiled a group of new tools which aims to bring better search and collaboration to the company's customers.
Box's new features look to improve the service's search, editing, and collaboration tools. The slew of new feature offerings come with a redesigned user interface which it hopes brings the new tools to the forefront.
"The new user interface puts search at the core of the user interface experience," Aron Levie, Box chief executive told the company's annual BoxWorks event.
The update to Box's user interface puts in a new header that sets search at the centre of the service's layout. With the new search function users will be able to find out who made indexed content and what sort of apps were used to make that new content.
Along with the new search functionality Box also unveiled a set of new collaboration tools which aim to bring team work to the forefront of its service.
The new user interface offers a side bar that shows users all the other people authorised to work on their documents. From the new sidebar users will be able to ask others to collaborate on documents and be able to co-author changes to files.
"We are introducing a new way to connect with the people you are working with," Levie continued.
"You can now instantly ask someone within your network to collaborate with you."
Box's business collaboration tools will look to move into the social networking realm with a Facebook-style "like" button. The new button puts a "like" button which allows users to show endorsements for co-authors document changes.
Editing will also be improved with the ability for in-platform edits. Box Edit will allow for users to edit and create PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and Word documents within the Box system.
Box says users will be able to make edits by using which ever program they normally use to edit documents. However, the new functionality will allow users to work on documents without downloading files or opening new applications.
"With Box Edit there's no need to download and save files to edit, you'll be able to edit in system," said Box senior product manager Brandon Savage during a demonstration of Box Edit.
Box's updates come as the company announces a slew of new functionality to its service. The company recently announced a new partnership with SugarCRM for native integration solutions and two-factor authentication for its service.
Box will start rolling out its new feature sets in the upcoming weeks.
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