March 30, 2015

Box Adds Notes to Let You Chat Alongside Shared Files

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Now you can do more than store photo files, presentations and other documents in the cloud. You can also brainstorm and collaborate with your team there too.

And, starting recently, you can do it from a mobile device.

Dropbox competitor Box, a cloud storage tool that lets you share presentations, spreadsheets, images and other documents with team members in the cloud, has recently added a feature called Notes.

It lets you also share brainstorming, meeting minutes, agendas and team status updates. Your team can see these on desktops and, more recently, through a mobile app for iPhone and iPad.

In a recent post on the official Box blog, David Still, vice president of mobile products explained:

“There are a number of note-taking apps available today, so what makes Box Notes different? We’re built for business. Box Notes is part of Box – so it has the same security, encryption, and sharing permissions that come with the Box platform. The notes you create live alongside the presentations, spreadsheets, images and other documents you already store in Box. You have one centralized location to manage your projects, teams or accounts.”

Box is part of a growing segment of services offering cloud storage of all kinds, giving you more options for storing and sharing your business files and documents too.

And Box’s new Notes feature would seem to create a unique kind of collaboration to go with it. So, imagine sharing with your team not only image files but detailed instructions on how to use them. Or imagine brainstorming on an upcoming presentation also stored in the cloud with team members located in another city.

Box announced another round of funding July 7 raising $150 million from hedge fund Coatue Management and private-equity investor TPG, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The company will use the money for operations in anticipation of an initial public offering sometime after Labor Day. Box had initially announced plans for an IPO in March, but decided to hold off in hopes of better market conditions.

Image: Box

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Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Editor for Small Business Trends. He is a journalist and social media networker with more than a decade of experience in the traditional newspaper business before moving to the digital world. He was the former community manager of BizSugar and the former community editor at AllAnalytics, a site dedicated to professionals in the business intelligence and analytics community.

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