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Box cloud service earns the EFSS spotlight

With integrations with business apps including Salesforce and DocuSign, and features such as data encryption, Box is proving to be an enterprise favorite.

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Box is an enterprise file sync-and-share tool that allows users to store and share documents, images and other files with each other to collaborate on projects and more.

It's a cloud service that lets users access their content from a mobile app, desktop application or web browser. Users can easily share Box files using the Share option within applications, which creates a link a user can then email or message to a recipient. Or users can comment on a document within Box and tag someone's username, which then alerts that user via email that a note or request has been made.

The Box cloud service integrates with business applications, including Google G Suite, Salesforce and Microsoft Office, allowing users to create new documents, store and manage the files within Box. Integration with DocuSign allows users to digitally put their signatures on Box documents without needing to print them out -- a useful tool for contracts or approvals, for example.

Box editions

Many organizations handling sensitive documents use Box for enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) because it follows compliance laws for regulated industries. The Box cloud service encrypts data and allows IT to set policies on who can access certain files and how, and who users can share files with. Box Business and Enterprise editions integrate with some enterprise mobility management software, which helps administrators manage corporate content on users' mobile devices. 

Box is available for Apple iOS and macOS, Google Android and Chrome OS, Microsoft Windows and on the web. Competing products include Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox and Citrix ShareFile.  

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This was last published in June 2017

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