Tech giant Microsoft has teamed up with London-based software company Box to launch a cloud-powered platform for managing content.
Microsoft has begun rolling out Box Using Azure, with is a new service that combines Box's content management software with the American tech firm's cloud technology.
With the new service, users can manage enterprise content securely and effectively within a cloud environment. It works with Microsoft Office 365 and SaaS services.
There are integrations for around 1,400 "breed-of-breed" SaaS applications. The aim, according to Microsoft, is to allow users to work with familiar productivity tools.
As well as these capabilities, the service provides companies with a way to simplify cross-company collaboration processes affecting different stakeholders.
There's also a degree of personalisation with the service. Users can make use of Box's content management features within custom apps.
"Bring Box cloud content management capabilities to their own custom applications that deliver new digital content experiences and streamline business processes for their employees, customers and partners," the firm explained.
This is an important partnership for Microsoft. "Box using Azure is the first product milestone in the expanded partnership between Box and Microsoft. Now customers can benefit from combining Box's cloud content management platform with Microsoft's global-scale Azure cloud platform," it said.
"Today thousands of businesses get work done using Box with Microsoft Office 365 including the new Microsoft Teams. This new integration with Azure is another step toward delivering a great user experience for our customers using Box with the Microsoft stack."
Current user Gus Shahin, CIO of Flex, said: "Flex has successfully been using Box as our primary platform for digital content sharing, storage and collaboration globally. We also use Microsoft Azure as one of our cloud computing services for our global IT infrastructure.
"We look forward to seeing how Box and Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services work together to deploy next generation A.I. and machine learning capabilities."
Herve Coureil, chief digital officer of Schneider Electric, added: "The integration of Box and Azure services is a welcome development for our digital transformation journey as a company.
"This can help deliver a more streamlined approach to our content management and ensures that Schneider Electric employees can securely and quickly work together and with customers and partners in a much more productive way, adding more value to our use of Box and Microsoft solutions."
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