Palo Alto, Calif., (PRWEB) January 21, 2010
Cloud Content Management provider Box.net today announced two new features that will reinvent how its 3.5 million users view and share content on the Box platform. The first feature is an integrated content viewer that provides instant, full-viewing capabilities online for a broad range of files inside the Box environment. The second feature, to be released over the next few weeks, makes it easy for users to share and embed all types of files anywhere on the web. These new capabilities are a result of Box.net's recent acquisition of Increo Solutions and represent a crucial step towards freeing users from the constraints of their desktop, empowering them to view and share multiple types of files without the need for corresponding software.
Box.net provides a dynamic, flexible content management and collaboration solution for more than 50,000 businesses, ranging from SMBs to Fortune 100 companies, all of which will now benefit from the ability to view and share an extensive variety of file types on the web. The integrated content viewer and embedding features support the most popular file formats, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, images, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files, audio and video.
The ability to view and share content regardless of desktop software is essential given the trend towards an increasingly mobile, web-savvy workforce. Businesses today work with a variety of partners, vendors and customers on a regular basis, and need a user-friendly, web-based solution that enables them to collaborate and share content beyond the firewall. When traditional enterprise software makes collaboration too difficult, users will simply go around the system; Cloud Content Management facilitates sharing that is not only easy, but also trackable, giving IT departments unprecedented visibility into how content moves within an organization and beyond.
"With Cloud Content Management, we're bringing the seamless content delivery experience of the web to the workplace, so people can view and share files as easily as they would a YouTube video or photo on Flickr," said Aaron Levie, Co-founder and CEO of Box.net. "We're making millions of files on Box instantly viewable to millions of people in a single click, and in doing so we're moving beyond a desktop-centric approach to a new paradigm, where cloud-based technologies empower collaboration and enable IT to focus on business critical technologies rather than administration and maintenance."
Box.net's enterprise revenue increased 535% in 2009 as businesses recognized the advantage of Box.net's Cloud Content Management solution over traditional Enterprise Content Management. The Box platform enhances productivity and collaboration with flexible workflow, organic content discovery and trackable sharing at a significantly lower cost than traditional enterprise software services, and connects users to other best-of-breed cloud solutions - such as Salesforce.com and Google Apps - through its OpenBox platform. The new content viewing and embedding features will enhance users' experience within both the Box environment and integrated applications, and represent a crucial step towards the broader vision of Cloud Content Management.
"The fundamental nature of organizations and business is changing. Increasingly web-savvy and mobile workers, and the rise of extended enterprises are creating demand for a user-friendly, web-based approach to sharing." said Larry Hawes, Lead Analyst, Collaboration and Enterprise Social Software, Gilbane Group. "Cloud Content Management is an exciting new category that combines the best characteristics of enterprise content management and enterprise social software to help organizations and their constituents to more effectively share and collaborate on content."
About Box.net, Inc.
Founded in 2005, Box.net (http://www.box.net) provides Cloud Content Management for over 3.5 million users and companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Box.net's dynamic, flexible content management and collaboration solution empowers users to access and share content online, and gives IT professionals unprecedented visibility into how content moves within their organizations and beyond. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Box.net is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and U.S. Venture Partners.