SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2013) - Today, Box announced several innovative ways to capture, share and manage information in the enterprise in front of 2,500 IT leaders and developers from around the world at BoxWorks 2013. Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie unveiled all-new Box experiences for the web and mobile, a new content creation tool native to Box, and the ability to add context to all of your business content with metadata. All of the updates help businesses get more value from their information by making it more beautiful, immediate and relevant.
"Box is the connective fabric for enterprise content, helping individuals, companies and industries do more with their information," said Levie. "At Box, our job is to reduce the barriers to collaboration, and ultimately to increase the velocity of business. With today's announcements, we're pushing the boundaries of what's possible for Box's customers and for the tens of thousands of developers building on our platform."
Today, more than 20 million individuals and 180,000 businesses manage information and collaboration on Box. Customers including Rosetta Stone, Duke Energy, Schneider Electric, and New Balance attended BoxWorks to share strategies for navigating the changing business landscape in the post-PC era. Levie's keynote addressed how cloud and mobile technologies are radically reshaping the way information moves between individuals, within businesses, and throughout entire industries.
New Box Experience
- File Preview - The fastest, most elegant content viewing experience in the world is now on Box. The new Box preview experience leverages the world-class HTML5 technology developed by Crocodoc and acquired by Box in May of this year, making content navigation and workflows dramatically more intuitive and streamlined. Comments and tasks are more accessible and useful. Actions like downloading, sharing and editing are easier to access in the header. Users can drag and drop images directly to the desktop. Information about each file is also available within the header. And finally, users can select text within PDFs, Excel, and Word docs straight from the preview to copy and paste it for other uses.
- Box for iPhone and iPad - The new Box iOS app, previewed today at BoxWorks and available later this fall, was completely rebuilt using the technology behind Folders, which Box acquired earlier this year. The new iOS app is intuitive and incredibly fast, incorporating new user experience details and new technology that makes viewing any content -- from photos and videos to PDFs and presentations -- more elegant, rich and engaging.
- Box Notes - Box Notes is an entirely new way to securely capture and share ideas across teams and businesses in real-time on Box. Box Notes provides a clean, simple and lightweight editing interface that makes it easy to quickly create content and facilitate collaboration directly on Box. Box is currently accepting sign-ups for a limited private beta: www.box.com/notes.
New Admin & Developer Tools
- Metadata - A new addition to the Box web application and Content API, metadata provides the easiest way to add new data types and information to the content stored in Box. The underlying technology allows users to add key:value pairs to files stored in Box via the API or web app, making it easy to add, edit and view additional types of information around a file from within a custom app or on Box. Companies can now integrate Box easily into their existing infrastructure and workflows with more options for what information can be stored alongside files. For example, a hospital could now make it simple for radiologist to add important data such as patient name and diagnosis when uploading x-ray images to Box. A private beta of metadata will be available in the coming months.
- Admin Console Enhancements - A robust rules engine powers the enhanced Box admin console, which now enables admins to create customizable security policies and alerts for uploads, downloads, and sharing to more closely manage content actions within an organization. The console also offers content process automation tools for managing how information moves in a business. Built on top of a new rules engine in the Box platform, these automation and security policies make content in Box more dynamic by allowing admins to control what content is stored in Box, easily monitor when content leaves Box, and build simple, repeatable processes based on folders and tasks.
These new products and technology will be rolled out in the coming quarters to all Box customers.
About BoxWorks 2013
BoxWorks 2013 is the company's third annual customer conference and industry event. Hosted at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, the two-day gathering features important updates from Box and conversations with leading independent thinkers on the evolving dynamics of business, government, technology and society, including Box CEO Aaron Levie, Malcolm Gladwell, Nicholas Carr, Geoffrey Moore, Gavin Newsom, and Adrian Fenty. In addition, IT strategists and CIOs from Box customers such as Rosetta Stone, Schneider Electric and Duke Energy are offering insights on how technology is shaping their businesses and future strategy to 2,500 BoxWorks attendees. The conference closes with a Blink-182 concert the evening of September 17.
Box's mission is to make businesses of all sizes more productive, competitive, and powerful by connecting people and their most important information. Content on Box can be securely shared and easily accessed on the web, through iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications, and extended to partner applications, such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Box is privately held and backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic, Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners, as well as by strategic investors salesforce.com, SAP Ventures and Intel Ventures. To learn more about Box, visit www.box.com.