Box.net Launches New Platform – OpenBox

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Open platform integrates Web-based applications and services on box.net Website.

By bridging services and applications online, we can enhance the user experience and allow complete flexibility with your files, making files stored online more relevant and useful than those on a local computer.

Box.net, the web’s first online file system, announced today that it has launched its OpenBox platform. The open platform connects data from Box.net with other applications and services across the web. OpenBox permits companies and developers to integrate applications and services on the Box.net website.

Box.net provides disk space in the cloud to more than one million users, allowing complete file access and sharing from anywhere with no additional software. OpenBox extends these capabilities by delivering a seamless online experience for business and personal data management between any application and service on the web.

With a single click on Box.net, users can now interact with their files in a wide range of web-based services and applications that drive productivity. Launching with OpenBox are best-of-breed applications and services across the web: Echosign, Autodesk, Zoho, ThinkFree, Scribd, Picnik, Zazzle, Twitter and Myxer. These services allow Box.net users to edit, publish, sign and fax their documents, crop photos and preview CAD files.

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

Behind the scenes, developers have two ways to integrate their application as an OpenBox Service. By visiting http://www.Box.net/services/developers, third-party services can either work with the Box.net open API, or define their service’s existing API format to work seamlessly with Box.net. The new platform is fast, easy-to-use, and web-based applications can start accepting data from Box.net users right away.

“The OpenBox platform has a broad appeal to developers because if they have a pre-existing API, there’s nothing new to learn. This will give developers a leg up when building onto our platform, where they completely manage the customer interaction without compromising the experience they’ve already developed. Additionally, they will have instant access to our 1.3 million individual users and business customers,” explained Levie.

To find out more information about Box.net’s OpenBox platform, please visit http://www.box.net.
About Box.net, Inc.
Founded in March 2005, Box.net (http://www.box.net) is the first online file system that enables users to share, store, and access files of any type from anywhere. Box.net is a leader in this space with more than 1.3 million users, over 1 million files served every day, and more than 1000 developers in the Box Enabled Network. Box.net is the first web-native system for access and collaboration which allows a broad array of functionality. The system is used by individuals, small businesses and Fortune 1000 companies. Box.net was the first internet storage provider to launch an open API in late 2005. In November 2007, the company launched its OpenBox platform, which connects data from Box.net with other applications and services across the web, allowing users to interact with their files in a wide range of web-based services and applications that drive productivity. The open platform permits companies and developers to integrate applications and services on the Box.net website. Box.net is a privately held company headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, and is backed by venture capitalist firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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