Box and Google have announced a partnership to integrate Google Docs with Box’s platform in yet another alliance for the firm following deals with IBM and Apple.
The partnership will also see Google’s Springboard tool, which can be used to search through Google services such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive and Contacts, incorporated into Box to aid the discovery of data from Google services while working in Box.
However, it is the Google Docs integration that is most notable, as it is one of the most popular real-time collaboration tools on the market. Box and Google can now ensure that Docs can be used in the Box environment.
This will also include Sheets and Slides, Google’s spreadsheet and presentations platforms, so that Box customers and partners can share, access and edit key documents from the platform. Box’s security tools will control this access.
Box chief executive Aaron Levie explained that the deal will benefit customers of both firms.
“The combination of Box’s enterprise content platform with Google’s world-class cloud technology will help businesses of all sizes unlock productivity across their organisations,” he said.
Google’s cloud chief Diane Greene added that the deal underlined the demands of customers to pick and choose the cloud tools they want knowing that they will work together.
“We want our customers to have flexibility in their choice of tools and to have the most productive and collaborative suite possible for their needs. We’re excited to partner with Box in our mutual quest to transform how companies work in the cloud,” she said.
Box also announced a major design overhaul to make it easier to find and edit files. This includes the Relay service announced earlier this week designed to simplify the management of document workflows.
“The all new Box is where all your work comes together, whether you’re sharing information with partners, collaborating with team mates in real time, or automating processes and routine tasks," added Levie.
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