Box users who own a Windows Phone device have a reason to celebrate today. The company has just announced the imminent release of Box for Windows Phone, which in addition to the customary cloud storage brings some features that tie in with Windows Phone’s unique live tile functionality.
If you’ve never heard of Box, the service is akin to Dropbox, Google Drive, and the multitude of other cloud storage services out there that allow users to access files on the go. You can set folders on your computer to sync to the Box cloud storage servers, then use Box’s mobile applications to access and modify that content on the go. Users can also share files with others so that they can change or add content for collaborative projects.
Box for Windows Phone users will be able to access and edit content, manage and search through files and folders, and collaborate with colleagues by either sharing a file with them or leaving a comment on a file directly from the application. Additionally, users will be able to pin live tiles on your homescreen that will allow them to instantly see updates made by colleagues so they can always be up to date with the current file. Box has also added security features such as locking the application with a passcode, and has translated the application into 9 languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese) so more users can enjoy Box cloud storage.
Box provides a free 5GB of storage to anyone who opens an account, though the company often runs promotions where users can get up to 50GB of free storage. Box is working with Qualcomm to ensure that the Box for Windows Phone application comes pre-installed on several upcoming Windows Phone devices with Qualcomm SoC’s, so your next phone may come with Box already loaded up and ready to go. In the meantime, new users looking to check out Box as a cloud storage solution can head over to the Windows Phone Marketplace and give the service a test drive.