Box has unveiled a new service that integrates the company's cloud storage and collaboration products with Microsoft's browser-based productivity tools.
Box for Office Online allows documents such as PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets to be saved from Office Online web apps into Box's cloud-hosted storage from any device capable of running a browser.
Features include a seamless workflow between Box and Office Online, allowing users to access and save work on files in the web apps without having to switch between applications.
The full suite of editing capabilities provided by Office Online also functions in the Box platform, alongside an interface that will be familiar to Microsoft Office users.
The final feature is the ability to share content created in Office Online in the same way as sharing files in Box. A 'share' button offers the same collaboration functionality found in Box's native service.
David Still, vice president of products at the company, said in a Box blog post that Box for Office Online is designed to make workers more efficient and productive.
"People can work completely from a web browser without opening a single installed application, so any computer (regardless of the operating system) can instantly become a workstation," said Still.
"This not only makes working from anywhere more flexible and seamless, it also makes the collaboration process more secure because it eliminates the need to repeatedly download files on different machines."
Still added that almost half of the files uploaded onto Box are Office documents created in Microsoft's productivity apps and then uploaded separately onto the Box platform.
Box for Office Online cuts out this process and saves time when working with web- and cloud-based apps, which Still claims will have a huge impact on productivity.
Still explained that Box for Office Online is one of the ways the cloud storage company is working with Microsoft to create products that "meet the needs of the modern business".
He added that Box intends later this year to work with Microsoft on integrations of Box with Office software on iOS and Android as well as Windows.
Box is no doubt building out the breadth of functionality and integration of its services in bid to build on its growing customer base, which saw the recent addition of 2,000 new customers.
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