New Box.net Launches with Updated Interface and Social Features

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The new Box social content management system fosters team collaboration and company-wide knowledge sharing

With the new updated look, it's still just as easy to use but now we have a better view into who's collaborating on each folder.

Box.net today announced the latest version of its service that now provides organizations with a more social content management solution scalable for small business, workgroup and enterprise-wide use.

Box.net provides a flexible solution that currently helps over 50,000 businesses easily share content, move company file systems online, and create team workspaces. Today's new Box melds the best of traditional content management with the most effective elements of social software to better capture and centralize the collective knowledge of an organization, and make that knowledge available to dispersed teams.

"When people connect within a business, it's around content -- what they're working on," said Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.net. "We're taking what we have - a secure, intuitive content management tool -- and enhancing and building upon that connection between people. Imagine being able to organize and discover business information not only by projects and folders, but by the editors and stakeholders of that content. This creates a powerful opportunity for people to be more efficient, productive, and connected."

Gartner estimates that content, communications and collaboration products constitute the biggest share of the SaaS market, with more than $2.1 billion in 2008 and $4.7 billion by 2012. Using Box.net's content-centric platform, businesses can now engage in secure and effective business-based collaboration to accomplish tasks, share knowledge and discover company-wide competencies and expertise.

Box customers impressed with new UI and collaborative features

"Box has become an extension of us. It's part of our system and how we communicate and work together," said Brian Vos, Partner and General Manager at Jump Studios, an Emmy award-winning creative agency specializing in design, animation, visual effects and original creative. "The new updates continue to enhance the functionality of Box.net which in turn help us to better collaborate with our vendors, clients and staff."

"With Box, if someone in California is putting together a campaign that's useful for someone in Florida, it's easy for them to connect and share materials," said Patti Langdale of Meritage Homes, now the 12th largest homebuilder in the U.S. "The new changes continue to build upon what we like so much about Box -- it's easy for our marketing managers to share ideas, connect and re-use successful materials."

"The number one benefit of Box.net is the ease of use," said Lisa Patterson of Stonewall Kitchen, an award-winning specialty foods retailer. "With the new updated look, it's still just as easy to use but now we have a better view into who's collaborating on each folder."

Content management meets social software
New social, project management and team-focused features to the Box content management solution include:

  •     A profile page for every employee that includes:

o    Information about their role and current projects as well as contact information (email, phone number, and a picture).
o    Their latest activity: what content they've most recently edited, commented, or discussed.

  •     Improved layout - Instead of just seeing folders and files, users now see the people sharing those same files. This visually changes the paradigm from one of a file manager to one of a team workspace.
  •     Enhanced team workspace features:

o    Discussions - start a discussion with everyone in your shared workspace .
o    Bookmarks - add a website link, description and comments. Great for sharing online research findings.

  •     Updates - view the latest activity across all the shared content and see instantly the newest comments, discussions, edits and uploaded documents.

"We believe SaaS content and document vendors will be beneficiaries of the current economic downturn," said Melissa Webster, vice president for content and digital media technologies at IDC. "These solutions are economical, they don't require any capital expense, and they are quick to deploy and easy to learn. They will appeal to departmental users and small to medium-sized businesses that need to collaborate with geographically distributed team members -- or with external stakeholders, as there is no need to grant access to behind-the-firewall servers and systems."

Availability and Pricing
Box is offered in a variety of packages and editions ranging from the free Lite version which offers basic functionality for people who have simple collaboration needs to the $15/month per user in the Business version which offers better control, additional features and is scalable for any sized business. For a comparison of Box pricing plans, visit http://www.box.net/signup

About Box.net, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Box.net (http://www.box.net) now serves over 50,000 companies from small businesses to Fortune 1000 that look to Box to simplify online content management, accelerate team productivity and connect employees with a familiar interface that anyone can use. Box.net is a privately held company headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, and is backed by venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and U.S. Venture Partners.

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