Box opens up to Office for iPad and iPhone

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Social collaboration tool vendor Box has announced new integrations with Microsoft Office, which the company says will enable businesses to “access content seamlessly from any device or platform”.

The announcement is the latest in a series of moves from the company since its successful IPO.

The race to integrate with popular platforms and tools is core to the hyper-competitive social collaboration space, as the industry increasingly moves towards open development and best-of-breed applications, as users opt to mix and match their own solutions across a range of mobile devices.

Alongside Citrix and Salesforce, Box becomes an inaugural member in Microsoft’s new Cloud Storage Partner Program for Office 365, with Box supporting native integrations for both Office for iPad and iPhone as well as for Office Online.

These and similar social collaboration announcements bring iOS – and therefore Apple – deeper into the business space than it has been for a long time.

“We’re excited to deepen our commitment to openness in the enterprise through Microsoft’s new program,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “We’re committed to delivering innovation that puts the customer first and allows enterprises to choose the tools they want to be successful.”

In a statement, the company said that these new integrations will enable users to open, edit and save documents back to Box from directly within Office for iOS, and establish a more seamless connection between Box and Office Online.

The integrations work in conjunction with Box’s existing Office 365 integration for the desktop, and the recently announced Outlook for iPhone and iPad; both of which were built through Office 365’s open development platform.

“The Cloud Storage Partner Program for Office 365 exhibits our commitment to make Office more extensible,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, CVP, Office 365 Client Apps and Services. “It’s a great opportunity for storage providers to enhance their existing solutions with productivity applications used by more than one billion people for communication, document creation and collaboration.”

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