With the plethora of applications for the workplace, and the shift of so many enterprises to bringing work to the cloud, finding a central solution to manage workflow and data storage is key to a successful digital transformation strategy. To help businesses pull together these various strands, Box, a cloud and content management service, has announced a new offering: An integration with Microsoft Teams, the chat-based workspace in Microsoft Office 365.
Announced on Wednesday, on a Box blog post by Jon Fan, sr. director of product management at Box, the goal of the integration is to offer "a connected, unified experience where these best-of-breed apps and services simply work together." The company's integration with Microsoft Teams contributes to this goal, adding another integration to its current library of thousands—all of which allow businesses to "share, edit, manage, analyze and collaborate with all types of data."
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According to Fan's post, Box users have uploaded billions of Microsoft Office files in its cloud service, which include everything from Word documents to Excel sheets to PowerPoint presentations. The new integration with Microsoft Teams will allow business users—especially those working on a group project—to collaborate in one central place, with a single point of entry.
"By bringing content from Box into Teams, organizations can share their files more easily and collaborate on projects in real-time, all while keeping their content securely managed in Box," wrote Fan. "With Box as the central cloud content management platform, admins can protect files wherever they go with robust security controls and reporting, customer-managed encryption, rights management, and mobile security. And end users can work closely with anyone inside or outside the organization and keep sensitive files secure with granular user permissions."
The new integration will allow access to Office files on desktop, mobile, and online, giving business users a range of options to access and work on important files and documents.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- Box, a cloud and content management service, has just announced a new offering: An integration with Microsoft Teams, the chat-based workspace in Microsoft Office 365.
- With the new integration, Box users can collaborate easily on billions of Microsoft Office files, including everything from Word documents to Excel sheets to PowerPoint presentations.
- Box has taken security measures as well, including controls and reporting for business administrators, customer-managed encryption, rights management, and mobile security.
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