Box vs iCloud
Last updated: June 01, 2018
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.
iCloud is cloud service done right. It stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.
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2011 - New Box.net: more simple, social and with App Store to keep up competition with iCloud
Business applications should be simple - this is the favorite phrase of Aaron Levy, the founder of collaboration service Box.net. And the main feature of the new Box.net version is again more simple and intuitive interface. It was very simple before also, but Box.net developers continue to redraw and rearrange buttons, icons, menus to make the users even more happy. The new interface is implemented on HTML5 and it allows to open and view files online faster. Also, there are new convenient tools like instant pop-up notifications (imitating Windows tray notifications) and drag and drop support for moving files between folders. In addition, now it's possible to attach discussions not only to files but also to folders. It's useful for discussing projects.
Like many other vendors, Box.net has decided to create a marketplace (App Store) for the service. So the new tab Apps appeared, where users can find business applications integrated with Box.net. For now there are about 150 applications, in particular, Salesforce, Google Apps, NetSuite, Yammer, etc
In addition, in cooperation with VMWare, Box.net has implemented LDAP support, and in particular Active Directory support, that enables companies to use single authorization data. Though Box.net already has some large customers, for example Dell, but Active Directory integration is a huge step for Box.net in its competition against MS Sharepoint for the enterprise market.