Box vs Google Drive


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Box
Box offers free cloud storage and file sharing services that enables you to securely share and access files online. Companies rely on Box because it's secure, works on any device and scales to meet the needs of small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Box free alternatives are: Google Drive, OneDrive.
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Google Drive
Online file storage and syncing service working as a file system for other Google's services. Allows to sync files between all your computers and mobile devices or collaborate on files with your team and partners. Version control, OCR, powerful online viewer. Provides 5 GB free disk space. Google Drive free alternatives are: OneDrive, Box, Dropbox
Comparing Box vs Google Drive is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Box has better video than Google Drive



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Box has more user-friendly interface than Google Drive because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Box is more popular than Google Drive

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google launches Drive File Stream to replace the Google Drive desktop app for G Suite users (in 2017)
- Google Drive gets a new Backup & Sync desktop app (in 2017)
- Box introduced Box Elements - pre-packaged content services for developers (in 2017)
- Box introduced desktop app Box Drive (in 2017)
- Google updated Drive with a focus on its business users (in 2017)
- Google Drive gets intelligent search (in 2016)
- Box Zones will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS (in 2016)
- Google Drive adds OpenDocument support, sending files as attachments (in 2014)
- Box introduced new mobile web interface (in 2014)
- Google Drive for desktop now allows to launch files in preferred applications (in 2014)

Looks like Google Drive was recently more active than Box (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Box and Google Drive meet head to head:

2014 - Box introduced new mobile web interface. Google Drive keeps calm


Cloud file collaboration service Box announced the newly updated mobile web site (m.box.com) and accessibility site (a.box.com). Now Box mobile web users will enjoy the same intuitive navigation and visually appealing interface that Box native mobile apps offer – without having to install a mobile app. In addition to refreshing the layout and visual design, Box added a set of new features, including high-fidelity HTML5 document previewing, improved collaboration, which now includes inviting and managing collaborators, fine-grained file sharing controls for setting and modifying shared links, support for Box Notes, optimized performance so the site loads faster, especially over cellular networks. The new file preview experience makes sharing your content easy, even on the go. Now when you send a shared link to someone outside of your organization, they can preview and comment on your Box content right from their mobile web browser.

2014 - Google launched Drive for Work with unlimited storage to take on Box



On Monday Microsoft tried to surprise the public having doubled the free and paid cloud storage limits in OneDrive. But Google made it more effective. Google released the enterprise version of its file storage and sync tool Google Drive for Work, which for $10/month provides UNLIMITED cloud storage. And to make a little more fun of the competitors, Google increased the maximum file size to 5 TERABITES (of course, if you find such a file somewhere). In addition, the business version of Drive meets the enterprise security requirements and provides every file encryption, logging every file access, 99.9% availability. Also it added  Office Compatibility mode which allows you to edit MS Office documents in their native format. Google Drive for Work is included in the Google Apps suite, so if you pay for it - you get the other apps (GMail, Hangouts, Sites ...) for free.