Box.net evolves, say hello to OpenBox

  • November 13th, 2007

Box, a long-time favorite mentioned in Box.net as a collaborative file manager, has evolved into OpenBox adding new features which would tie the service into your other favorite web based applications and services.

At its core, OpenBox provides universal connectedness for data on the web, a trend we’re seeing in other spaces like social networking. By bridging services and applications online, we can enhance the user experience and allow complete flexibility with your files, fundamentally making files stored online more useful than those on a local computer.

Starting today, November 13th, Box users can use, access, share, and manipulate their photos with popular services like Echosign, Autodesk, Zoho, ThinkFree, Scribd, PicNik, Zazzle, Mimeo, Twitter, and Myxer. In December, Box plans on launching Open platform allowing any 3rd party application to build and publish on OpenBox.

OpenBox - Select your services

OpenBox raises Box to a completely new level as a virtual file sharing / hosting service which now makes it easier to leave behind your desktop applications. With computer hardware like the Asus Eee PC 4G and its paltry 1.2GB of free disk space, Box looks more and more like a viable solution for increasing limited storage with 5GB to 15GB.

It is no longer JUST virtual file access and sharing

Rather than building their own productivity tools, Box leverages the power of existing services online.

  • Imagine uploading an image to Box, adjusting colors & removing blemishes with PicNik, and returning to Box to copy a URL suitable for sharing OR sending the photo to Zazzle for printing.
  • What if you needed your peers to edit a school document? You could send the document to Zoho, work together editing with classmates, then saving the file back to your Box account.
  • How about the PDF sitting in your office share on Box that needs a certifiable signature? Have the document digitally signed on (previously mentioned) EchoSign.

Although Box was never really a "closed" box with integrated features for file sharing, OpenBox turns Box into an even more appealing solution for moving work and play completely online. Check out OpenBox, rregister your Box account.

What is holding you to your desktop applications(s)?

Is it time to leave behind desktop applications for web based services yet? Now that Box is stepping into the productivity arena with OpenBox – leveraging the power of web tools that already exist, what is holding you back?

Personally, I find myself bouncing back and forth between web services and desktop software. Oftentimes, the reason is as simple as "xx service does not support syncing with my mobile phone". If you have made the transition online, what services do you use? And how do you use them?