Monday, June 29th, 2009

Calling All Frustrated SharePoint Users! This One’s for You

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Since Box.net’s beginnings in 2005, we’ve been driven by a set of core values and have worked especially hard to stay true to one in particular: Sharing should be simple.

In fact, it’s a simple concept. Yet many companies still offer collaboration software that miss the mark in keeping it easy for you, the user. We’ve heard everything from permission issues, to browser incompatibility, to small things that unnecessarily require an IT admin to step in, so we thought it was time to take a stand for simplicity.

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One service in particular, and coincidentally the largest, is Microsoft SharePoint. We hear from SharePoint users, integrators, resellers and administrators alike that when it comes to flexible group collaboration and sharing, SharePoint is just not working for them.

We want to make sure that people know there are alternatives to SharePoint, so we’re issuing a challenge. Check out Box and see for yourself how easy it is to share files both inside and outside of your company. If you don’t think Box is easier to use, after a free 14-day trial, we’ll provide you three months of SharePoint for free. Yes, you read that correctly. We believe in our product so much that we’ll get you on SharePoint if we’re wrong.

Check out http://www.box.net/simple to find out more about our challenge. We’re giving away some fun t-shirts for people that want to help spread the word. Just tweet your SharePoint stories with #SharePointBlues. If you already use Box, you can help spread the word too – especially to any of your SharePoint-using friends! We’d like everyone’s help in this campaign.

And yes, that’s a real billboard on 101 in California.

- Aaron

P.S. If you’re a SharePoint MVP, partner or consultant, we want to talk to you as well. While SharePoint might be appropriate in some circumstances, we’re sure you have clients that would benefit from a simpler way to manage content. If nothing else, we value your opinion and hope you’ll join this conversation. We’re all looking to make it easier for people in businesses to share content and increase their productivity.