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Box Introduces Integration with Office Online to Drive Business Productivity
LOS ALTOS, CA – June 16, 2015 — /BackupReview.info/ — Box today announced a deep integration with Microsoft Office Online that will transform collaboration for joint customers. Today’s update extends the reach of Box’s powerful integrations with Office 365 for the desktop, Office on iOS and Outlook, and demonstrates Box’s commitment to the Office 365 Cloud Storage Partner Program.
“Box and Microsoft are working together to help businesses and individuals be more productive, collaborative and successful,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for Office at Microsoft. “We’re thrilled about this latest offering to give our joint customers more choice and simplicity for how they work together with documents and digital content.”
The Box integration with Office Online will enable users to easily browse, open and edit Office Online files directly from Box, as well as automatically save all changes made in Office Online back to Box in real-time. Together, these enhancements eliminate the need to upload or download files or move back-and-forth between applications, simplifying workflows and mitigating the security risks that come with locally stored content.
Over 47,000 organizations around the world, including 51 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage Box for content management and collaboration. Many of these businesses also depend on Microsoft for content creation, including Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., AstraZeneca, Sephora and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). These and other organizations can benefit from the integration between Box and Office Online beginning today.
“The new model for enterprise productivity depends on creating seamless, device agnostic connections between the core applications that people use to get work done,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. “Over a billion people around the world use Office for creating content – this makes Microsoft a crucial partner for Box as we progress on our mission to transform the way people and businesses work.”
With the integration, businesses and individuals can create and edit content with Office Online, while benefiting from Box’s robust collaboration features, such as task management, workflow automation, comments and real-time alerts, as well as its world-class security and control capabilities, like granular permissions, password protected content and access stats.
“In an industry where content is critical to every aspect of our business, the ability to access information quickly from any device, at any location, is of utmost importance,” said Michael Keithley, CIO at CAA. “The strong connection between Box and Office Online is a key component in the way we communicate to create unique collaborations across our agency, enabling us to serve our clients with even greater speed and efficiency.”
Box for Office Online is just the latest demonstration of how Box and Microsoft are working together to meet the needs of businesses. In addition to these web based experiences, later this year, the companies intend to further collaborate on integrations with native Office clients on iOS, Android, and Windows. Box also recently announced its inaugural membership in the Office 365 Cloud Storage Partner Program and integrations with both Office for iPad and iPhone. Prior to that, Box announced integrations with Office 365 on the desktop and the Outlook for iPhone and iPad applications.
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