Box vs OneDrive
Last updated: July 14, 2017
Box offers free cloud storage and file sharing services that enables you to securely share and access files online. Companies rely on Box because it's secure, works on any device and scales to meet the needs of small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Tools for online file/docs storage and collaboration. Contains Web versions of Microsoft office editors (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote). Excel web version allows simultaneous document editing in real time.
Latest news about Box and OneDrive:
14.07.17. Box introduced Box Elements - pre-packaged content services for developers. Box introduced a new developer tool Box Elements, pre-packaged application pieces designed to deliver Box functionality with a few lines of code. Eventually there will be three types of Elements: UI, app and services. Today, the company is launching the UI pieces, which include Content Uploader, which lets developers add drag and drop file capability into any application; Content Explorer, which lets developers insert Box file navigation in any application; Content Preview, which lets developers display any of 120 different file types inside an application including interactive video; and Content Picker, which enables developers to insert file picking capability inside an application. While none of these sound like earth-shattering capabilities, each one would require a fair amount of development time to build from scratch. What Box is offering here is the ability to implement them quickly with little or no content expertise required.
16.06.17. Box introduced desktop app Box Drive. Box unveiled Box Drive, a desktop application that works on Windows and MacOS. Users will be able to credit, edit, find and share files without pulling up a web browser. The desktop app makes it easier to access the cloud because it creates just another drive on your computer like your C drive, so inherently you’re interacting with your local file experience. The app itself is free, but large enterprises like General Electric, P&G and The Gap pay Box for added functionality. Existing customers will have access to the full range of Box Drive capabilities. Earlier this month, Box announced integration with Apple’s new Files app. It will be another way to access Box documents across iOS devices.
20.04.16. Box Zones will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS. Enterprise file collaboration service Box announced Box Zones - a product that lets customers choose a storage component from another vendor, enabling customers to store files in-country when their privacy laws require it. Initially it will work on Amazon Web Services in Ireland, Germany, Japan and Singapore, but the plan is to expand that over time adding new zones using IBM data centers later this year. Eventually Box hopes to make it flexible enough to add any approved storage you like. The product will allow customers in Asia, the Middle East and Europe with legal and regulatory requirements to store their content in-country using third-party storage, and still use the Box service and everything else it brings to the table.
02.02.15. Microsoft gives Apple Users OneDrive For Business Access. Microsoft has released the first public version of OneDrive for Business for Mac. With the new OneDrive for Business for Mac, users will be able to do the same as well as access and use files in their OneDrive through the Mac Finder and manage and sync files in the same way they would with the existing application for Windows. The OneDrive for Business client for Mac also allows users to access and take their OneDrive for Business files offline so users can access downloaded files without having to have access to an Internet connection. However, the real draw is that the iOS app for mobile devices lets users access both their OneDrive for Business and OneDrive consumer accounts from the same app.
22.11.14. Box introduced new mobile web interface. Cloud file collaboration service Box announced the newly updated mobile web site (m.box.com) and accessibility site (a.box.com). Now Box mobile web users will enjoy the same intuitive navigation and visually appealing interface that Box native mobile apps offer – without having to install a mobile app. In addition to refreshing the layout and visual design, Box added a set of new features, including high-fidelity HTML5 document previewing, improved collaboration, which now includes inviting and managing collaborators, fine-grained file sharing controls for setting and modifying shared links, support for Box Notes, optimized performance so the site loads faster, especially over cellular networks. The new file preview experience makes sharing your content easy, even on the go. Now when you send a shared link to someone outside of your organization, they can preview and comment on your Box content right from their mobile web browser.
28.10.14. Office 365 gets unlimited OneDrive storage.. As of today, Office 365 Home, Personal and University customers are getting the storage boost. Business customers will get unlimited storage will get unlimited storage also soon. In the meantime, they have 1 TB of storage per user. OneDrive works much like Google Drive, allowing you to access content on all of your devices, plus share it and collaborate on documents. Google Drive, Box, Dropbox and other cloud-storage utilities, though, have limited storage capabilities. If you meet a limit, you have to buy more. Bitcasa, one of the few platforms to offer unlimited storage, actually ceased that operation last week, giving Microsoft a big advantage in regards to storage.
08.09.14. Box unveiled world's first industry specific file storage. File storage and sharing market has become very tough. Pricing tend to zero, and the cloud space - to infinity. Support of all platforms - is no longer a competitive advantage, but a must-have feature. So providers have to invent something new. For example, Box decided to create file storage services for specific industries - retail, medicine, media, education, etc. What is the difference of storing and sharing files in retail and medicine? Well, there is no big difference. But Box marketers have created interesting videos and custom web pages for each industry. Anyway, it's nice when service provider understands the needs of your business. In addition, next year Box developers will add the business processes component - Box Workflow with process templates for different industries.
30.08.14. OneDrive unifies access to business and personal files. Microsoft's Onedrive is making it easier for mobile users to access both business and personal files simultaneously (from both personal and work accounts). The app will distinguish which account each file belongs to in order to avoid potential mixups, but users can view and back up files to both accounts. Microsoft will also add an extra layer of security to the app with the ability to set a four-digit PIN that can be required to restrict access to individual files or the entire app. Next week these new features will appear in the Android app and in the coming months the updates will roll out to the iOS and Windows Phone apps.
18.08.14. Box Notes is available on Android. Box updated its Android app and added the lightweight document editor Box Notes to it. With the latest version of Box for Android, you’ll be able to create, view and edit Box Notes just like you do on the web. Box Notes on Android features seamless integration into the native menus, allowing for all the basic editor features you’d expect: cut, copy, paste, bold, italic, underline, bullet list, numbered list, indent and outdent. Besides, it’s now possible to create checklists using Box Notes (on the web and in mobile apps) and the interface is translated to all of supported languages. The Box for Android update also comes with a ton of additional new features to enhance your productivity, including recently opened files, advanced settings for shared URLs and fine-grained admin controls.
16.07.14. Box gives businesses unlimited storage, adds Office 365 integration. Box CEO Aaron Levie announced that Cloud Wars are over. At least in terms of cloud storage costs. From now, the normal price of this resource is zero. In other words, Box cloud storage for business now has no limit on the size and number of files that your employees can upload to your online account. Recall recently Google launched the enterprise version of Google Drive also with unlimited cloud storage. Besides the unlimited storage, Box introduced integration plugins for Office 365. First plugin - for Outlook - allows you to quickly attach file links to emails from Box (instead of sending files). Second - for desktop Office editors - allows to open documents from Box online storage and save them backward.
24.06.14. Microsoft OneDrive gives 15 Gb for free. Microsoft increased the free limit of cloud storage in OneDrive to 15 Gb (previously was 7Gb). If you want more storage capacity, you can now pay $1.99 monthly for 100 gigabytes. The company will also now offer free 1Tb to all Office 365 customers. For example, Office 365 Personal costs $6.99 monthly and now it comes with almost unlimited storage. If compare this to competitors: Google Drive provides 25 Gb free and offers almost similar pricing, charging $1.99 a month for 100GB and $9.99 for 1TB. Apple grants 5GB free, charging $0.99 a month for 20GB. There is no 100GB option, but at 200GB, the rate is the same as OneDrive's, at $3.99. Amazon Cloud Drive gives 5 GB Free and offers 100 Gb for $4.1 per month. So OneDrive's price cut is not a big problem for giants, but further puts the pressure on third-party services such as Dropbox and Box.
13.05.14. Microsoft is already afraid of Box. We started to watch the confrontation Box vs Microsoft since those times when Box was a little and impertinent startup that trolled MS Sharepoint. And now Microsoft is seriously afraid of it. The recent post in Microsoft's blog, which announced another round of OneDrive cloud storage price cut was called "Thinking outside the Box". And Microsoft has every reason to worry and cut prices. Recently Box announced the signing of new client - General Electric. This is 300,000 users and tens of millions of dollars per year - were apparently taken away from under the nose of Microsoft. Also today, Box has added to its service the promised online text processor Box Notes, which will compete with MS Word in the near future.
28.01.14. Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive. Actually, Microsoft marketers love to rename applications and services. For example, the cloud storage and file sync service SkyDrive during recent years was named FolderShare, Windows Live Office, Live Mesh. But this time the name change will happen not because the marketers should do some work for their salary, but because last August the British broadcasting company BSkyB won the legal dispute to take the name SkyDrive from Microsoft. So soon (Microsoft doesn't tell more exactly) SkyDrive will become OneDrive, and SkyDrive Pro (the version available for business users of Office 365 and SharePoint 2013) - will become OneDrive for Business. Currently the OneDrive promo site is available, where you can provide your email to Microsoft marketers.
2013. Box takes on Microsoft Office with own online document editor. From the beginning of its history the online collaboration service Box tried to hit Microsoft. More specifically, Microsoft SharePoint. These days it looked like a funny PR pitch, but look: now Box is big and growing while Sharepoint is disappearing in Office 365. And now Box is launching its own online document editor Box Notes, and Microsoft should start to worry. For building this tool Box hired Steven Sinofsky (who ran Microsoft Office and Windows) and Sam Schillace, a key force behind Google Docs. Of course, MS office - is the standard for exchanging documents between organizations. When you send a document to your client or partner, you want to be sure that the document will open and look the same as you format it. That is why all organizations use MS Office, and it will be very difficult to push Microsoft from this position.
2013. Box provides 10 Gb for free and new cheap version for small business. SaaS file collaboration service Box - is cool. Usually the startups like Box having reached big numbers (180 thousand business customers) and signing big corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Eli Lilly, EA and NBC Sports - forget about individual users (free accounts), and small businesses and focus on making money. But Box - doesn't forget. Recently Box increased the free cloud storage limit for individuals up to 10 GB and added the new cheap version for small businesses: 100 GB for $5/month/user. This is approximately 2 times cheaper than (for example) Dropbox. And don't forget that Box - is not just a cloud store, but also collaboration workspace with access control, comments, tasks, version history, file synchronization between devices, mobile access, online editors.
2013. Aaron Levie answered to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Information Technology. This question may sound in different manner, for example: "What's better, iPhone or Android?", or "What to choose, Amazon or OpenStack?", or "Who will win, Skype or SIP?". In other words, what's better: a finished product made by one vendor or open ecosystem, where you can select the best components from different vendors? Last week news helped Aaron Levy (Box.com CEO) to find the answer for this Ultimate question. Of course, finally, he came to the conclusion that is beneficial to him, but his ideas are anyway very interesting (original here).
2013. Box makes friends with Big Guys. Gives 50 Gb for free and forever. File storage and collaboration service Box was a startup not far ago. And now they're making friends with IT giants. Recently, IBM and Oracle have integrated their products IBM Connections and Oracle Fusion Applications (respectively) with Box's cloud storage. And now Box together with Dell is offering the joint strange promotion - everyone can get 50 GB of cloud storage for free and forever on condition ... Okay, without any conditions, just like that. And you don't have to buy or own Dell computer. Moreover, Whitney Bouck, GM of Enterprise for Box (pictured) recently said “There’s one camp that is all about sync and share — that’s not that interesting. It’s a commodity and probably should be free. Collaboration — making it easier to work together — is where it gets interesting”.
2012. Aaron Levie Gangnam Style dance on BoxWorks stage. Box new version. After enchanting Dreamforce conference there was another big conference Oracle Open World. But this time, Larry Ellison gave us no interesting reason to post news about it. Conclusion: do not buy anything from Oracle, they are so boring. But the BoxWorks conference, recently held in San Francisco, was not less interesting than Dreamforce and Box CEO Aaron Levy - is a showman, no worse than Marc Benioff. For example, during his keynote, he danced Gangnam Style (photo). The Twitter founder Jack Dorsey calls Levi his favorite entrepreneur and the funniest tech CEO. But Box makes not only show, but also business. According to the latest data, Box is already used by 92% of the Fortune 500 companies and by 14 million users in total.
2012. Box and Dropbox implemented two-step login verification. Online file storage and sharing service Box continues to prepare for competition with Salesforce. At this time Box developers decided to significantly improve the security features. The main new thing - is two-factor authentication. If you enable it in your account, you'll receive SMS-message with security code every time you log in (just like it works in GMail). Box also added new features for business account administrators, allowing them to monitor the new files that are uploaded and shared, and receive alerts about any suspicious activity (for example, if a user starts download a lot of files at once). Another Box competitor, Dropbox has implemented the two-factor authentication back in August. And today, they added a new feature to the admin panel in business version Dropbox for Teams, that allows admin to see who on their team has turned on two-step verification, and email those who haven’t, directly from the control panel.
2012. How Box is going to fight Salesforce? Speed.. Today the Dreamforce conference is launching and maybe all our news this week will be about new Salesforce products. One of them - the online file storage service - ChatterBox, maybe will be the the worst news ever for the Box.net. According to rumors, Marc Benioff decided to create this Box rival in response to the escape of some Salesforce execs to Box. The confrontation between the two companies started even despite the fact that Salesforce is one of the Box shareholders. But Box - is not already a baby start-up, which will be holding its breath and waiting until the big brother destroy its business. Box is making one step forward. Right before the Dreamforce launch Box introduces its new global data transfer network Box Accelerator, which enables to speed up the data upload speed to Box.net by 10%. Box now declares that it allows to upload data 2 times faster than Google Drive and 4 times faster than DropBox. After all, the speed is important for your business, isn't it?