Box unveils ‘mobile cloud for enterprise’

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Box may be known for its consumer cloud storage products but it is making a play into the enterprise space with its latest launch.

Box OneCloud offers 30 applications to businesses in one central location. The idea is to allow employees to access, edit and share their workflows on their mobiles and through the cloud, with all changes updated immediately.

By storing both the applications and the data in Box's cloud, it also saves on internal hardware costs and software licences, whilst making files accessible from anywhere.

"Today there are thousands of mobile applications storing data in a variety of information silos, stalling business processes and efficiencies," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive (CEO) of Box.

"Box OneCloud unifies your business applications across devices to power enterprise productivity in the post-PC era. We're fuelling the engine of mobile innovation, making enterprise workers more informed, agile and productive."

Applications available so far in OneCloud include QuickOffice, Adobe EchoSign and PDF Expert. There are also tools for developers to build new applications, which can be stored and access in the same way. Once hosted in the Box cloud, there will even still be access to these original applications offline.

"Box and Quickoffice recognise the importance of empowering the mobile workforce with tools and services that accelerate business productivity," said Alan Masarek, CEO of Quickoffice.

"Our ability to seamlessly edit, store and share Office documents brings a new level of usability and efficiency to Box users managing their business critical content from their tablet or smart phone."

Initially Box OneCloud is only available on Apple iOS devices. However, the company said it was planning to roll it out to Android and other mobile operating systems.

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