Box vs OneDrive


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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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OneDrive
Tools for online file/docs storage and collaboration. Contains Web versions of Microsoft office editors (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote). Excel web version allows simultaneous document editing in real time. OneDrive alternatives for enterprise are: Box, Office 365, Sharepoint.
Comparing Box vs OneDrive 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 OneDrive



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like OneDrive has more user-friendly interface than Box 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 OneDrive

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

- Box introduced Box Elements - pre-packaged content services for developers (in 2017)
- Box introduced desktop app Box Drive (in 2017)
- Box Zones will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS (in 2016)
- Microsoft gives Apple Users OneDrive For Business Access (in 2015)
- Box introduced new mobile web interface (in 2014)
- Office 365 gets unlimited OneDrive storage. (in 2014)
- Box unveiled world's first industry specific file storage (in 2014)
- OneDrive unifies access to business and personal files (in 2014)
- Box Notes is available on Android (in 2014)
- Box gives businesses unlimited storage, adds Office 365 integration (in 2014)

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

2017 - Box introduced Box Elements - pre-packaged content services for developers to strike back at OneDrive


Box introduced a new developer tool Box Elements, pre-packaged application pieces designed to deliver Box functionality with a few lines of code. Eventually there will be three types of Elements: UI, app and services. Today, the company is launching the UI pieces, which include Content Uploader, which lets developers add drag and drop file capability into any application; Content Explorer, which lets developers insert Box file navigation in any application; Content Preview, which lets developers display any of 120 different file types inside an application including interactive video; and Content Picker, which enables developers to insert file picking capability inside an application. While none of these sound like earth-shattering capabilities, each one would require a fair amount of development time to build from scratch. What Box is offering here is the ability to implement them quickly with little or no content expertise required.

2014 - OneDrive unifies access to business and personal files to challenge Box


Microsoft's Onedrive is making it easier for mobile users to access both business and personal files simultaneously (from both personal and work accounts). The app will distinguish which account each file belongs to in order to avoid potential mixups, but users can view and back up files to both accounts. Microsoft will also add an extra layer of security to the app with the ability to set a four-digit PIN that can be required to restrict access to individual files or the entire app. Next week these new features will appear in the Android app and in the coming months the updates will roll out to the iOS and Windows Phone apps.

2010 - Aaron Levie: Enterprise apps are sexy. OneDrive keeps calm

Aaron Levie
A few years ago (like many startupers now) Aaron Levie, Box.net founder, was making a choice - what service to create. Now he tells why he had chosen the business application. Of course, every entrepreneur wants to create something cool and sexy, something that people will like - he says. And it's usually associated with such projects as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. But Aaron is sure that it's time for business apps to become "sexy." For many years, enterprise IT systems looked just as sexy, as Steve Ballmer in bikini. Due to the lack of competition (when a partner network was the major success factor), they were complicated, awkward and expensive. The emergence of SaaS and Cloud Computing technologies enables young companies relatively easily deliver new business apps. As a result, the market becomes more competitive, and forces IT systems to change.

Box.net
Previously, selling enterprise software was like elephant hunting. Sales team attacked CEO and CIO board in the prospect company. And when the elephant was killed and money paid, who then cared whether end-users liked the system, and even whether they used it?

In the era of SaaS each end-user becomes a buyer. And not just because if the SaaS-service don't satisfy him any more - the company can simply not pay for his account in the next month. The main reason is that more and more we’re seeing bottom-up adoption of technology displacing top-down deployments. I.e. separate teams and departments begin using SaaS-applications to solve their problems, and then the new apps are spreading over the rest of the company. This is due to the fact that SaaS-apps offer free trial and you don't need to ask boss for money in order to start the process.

Because of this the traditional enterprise software sales channels are also being changed. Instead of increasing the number of sales-people, vendors focus on innovating and improving the product quality. Indeed, sales-team can't reach every end-user. Software vendors have to rely on the word-of-mouth marketing: if users like the product they will advise it to others.

So, if you're thinking about what startup to create - concludes Levie - think why people need another photo-sharing site? Enterprise software market, which has long been frozen by monopolists (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft) - is currently undergoing the revolution and provides plenty of opportunities for those who want to create a successful and sexy products.