It’s time for enterprise-level
companies to starting thinking inside
the Box. Specifically, the cloud services company of the same name, which has just released numerous enterprise-class
applications that will use a Box.net cloud-based workspace and create a
“virtual desktop” around it. This new app system is called Box OneCloud.
The idea is an attempt to position Box to be a major
force in the post-PC world by establishing a cross-platform cloud system that
lets users create and edit all of their files from within the cloud. OneCloud will be the first mobile framework built for
enterprises that brings together mobile content and the
applications designed to work with it.
The new solution comes in the form of four
premiere apps for the iPad that are meant to represent best-in-class functionality
and implement a round-trip connection to Box. When a file is
edited or modified outside of the system, it can be saved back to Box in its
These apps include the following features:
QuickOffice allows users to edit Word,
PowerPoint and Excel documents on-the-go, with any important changes that are
made automatically saved back to the Box account.
PDF Expert from Readdledocs is for adding annotations
to documents by drawing, highlighting or making notes on the files, and then
saving them back to Box where the changes can be viewed by the whole team.
PaperPort Notes lets users record ideas and to-do items
while they’re out and about with tools like voice dictation and recording, for
when sitting down and typing is just not an option.
Finally, Adobe’s popular EchoSign e-signature platform
helps with signing crucial documents electronically with the greatest of ease,
as they can be opened, signed and sent back all from an iPad.
All of these apps will be directly tied to an enterprise’s Box account, making
files accessible to anyone within the organization. To find more compatible apps, users can open a file
in Box and click the cloud logo on the top menu. A dropdown menu will appear
and list all of the compatible apps installed on the device; it also features a
button that will let users add compatible apps that aren’t currently installed.