Box Inc. (NYSE: BOX) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) will work together to enable seamless collaboration across devices and platforms in the cloud. According to the announcement, Box’s next-generation content management and collaboration platform will support integrations with Microsoft Office Online, iOS, and Outlook.
The new capabilities of Microsoft Office Online provide real-time coauthoring function, which allows multiple people to edit on documents secured in Box and see each other’s activity at the same time. For the integration with Office for iOS, users can create and edit Office files saved in Box directly from Microsoft apps instead of just previewing the content. The integration with Outlook offers Joint customers the ability to seamlessly attach content in Box to emails and collaborate emails on cloud.
Kirk Koenigsbauer, vice president of Microsoft Office, said "We designed the Cloud Storage Partner Program to make it easier for people, including Box customers, to work with Office documents no matter where they’re stored. Today we are making major enhancements to better enable our joint customers to work and collaborate fully in the cloud from any device."
"Openness and interoperability have transformed enterprise software," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. "Box and Microsoft are delivering an unparalleled collaboration experience where customers have seamless access to their business content regardless of device or platform. We're excited to work alongside Microsoft to power new levels of customer innovation in the enterprise."
In past years, Box has supported integrations with Microsoft Office 365 on the desktop and Outlook for iPhone and iPad. The company also has participated in Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program. The new announcement is seemed as the latest effort of two companies to transform enterprise collaboration in the cloud.