Friday, October 7th, 2011

3 Ways to Liberate Your Desktop with BoxCloud®


If you’re prone to keeping important files on your desktop, you might be setting yourself up for disaster, or at the very least, unnecessary frustration. Since your critical content isn’t in the cloud, you’re basically chained to your computer, unable to work from any other devices. Even worse, what if something were to happen to your computer? Would all your important files be lost?

Long story short, keeping stuff on your desktop makes your life harder than it has to be. Here are 3 ways Box can help you liberate your desktop content by sending it to the cloud:


Introduced earlier this year, this app makes it incredibly easy for you to send important files to the cloud in seconds. After you install the app, just drag your content to the SimpleShare icon in your toolbar. In just a few moments, your content will be on Box, and a link to the file will be copied to your clipboard, making it easy for you to share  your file will friends and colleagues right away. Something else nifty: You can capture screencasts and screenshots with the app, which will then be sent immediately to your SimpleShare folder in your Box account.

This BoxCloud® app is free for anyone with a Box account, and both PC and Mac builds are available. Download it here.

Box Sync

Want to keep all your content organized automatically? Box Sync makes it easy. After you install the app (available for both PC and Mac), anything you drag into your sync folder will be sent to Box, and you can even choose which Box folders to sync with your desktop for quick access. And don’t worry if a few team members make edits simultaneously to the same documents– Box Sync picks up those changes and saves different copies of the file for potential conflicts.

BoxSync, a BoxCloud® app, is available for business and enterprise accounts. We’ll being rolling it out this month, so sign up here to get on the list.

Box for Office

Our most recent addition to the Box desktop library, Box for Office allows you to save your Microsoft Office content to the cloud with no effort at all. Simply click “save,” and your file will be transported to the cloud in a snap. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files alike can be saved to Box, so you’ll never have to worry again about not having an important project when you need it.

Box for Office, a BoxCloud® app, is available for PC, so get it here to take your office to the cloud today.

I think these desktop tools offer something for everyone, so I hope you’ll give at least one of them a try today. Be on the lookout for more updates in the future, as our team is always finding ways to make Box more accessible for everyone.

What’s your favorite way to put your desktop content in the cloud? Let us know below!

  • bild1de

    My favorite way to put files on Box is
    With Clickto I just copy the files I need everywhere and send them to Box. That needs just one click, very efficient and fast.

  • giulio

    They really seem important application for desktop.
    Simple share is important and effective, but I think Box Sync is more important so as to send and sync new files to be shared or stored.
    But what I do not understand to tell the truth, is why Box Sync is only available for Business Account. I do not find it right. I say it is not quite right.
    Why, I wonder, can only those customers get the possibility to sync all the files on the cloud. Maybe, a premium account customer does not pay? Why shouldn’t he, too, eligible to use such an important application ?. I like so much Box. net as I consider it one of the most important on line file sharing and storage; infact I’ll be going to upgrade to a yearly subscription but I do not like this particular difference between premium and business account. I can just admit the differences about storage, security and sharing, but syncing must be present for everybody. Other less important and known on line file sharing services do use that kind of option without problem. I do not see why Box. net has a different opinion.
    I hope the Box. net staff will think about it and change idea.

  • Guest

    i’d be happy to pay for increased storage, but not so long as no syncing option is available for non-business accounts. sorry box, you’re not taking the right approach here. look at dropbox, sugarsync — they’re doing it righ.

  • Guest

    Why not offer BoxSync to personal accounts like Dropbox does?

  • Ruari Young

    I signed up with recently because of their free 50GB for iPad users. Well I am going back to dropbox now, even though it only has the free 2GB, becuase the most important part of what I do is requiring auto sync from desktop. Sorry box, you are behind, making people pay for that feature…

    I need an app to sync automatically from my usb drive too, is that possible?


  • Box Vox

    “I signed up with recently because of their free 50GB for iPad users. Well I am going back to dropbox now, even though it only has the free 2GB, becuase the most important part of what I do is requiring auto sync from desktop. Sorry box, you are behind, making people pay for that feature…”

    Same here.

    I’ve tried to map folders as mapped drives ( with no success.

    There’s no point to pay for this feature.

    • Elementkpan

      Same with me, I’m not paying for a fairly simple piece of software to sync files. I’ll stick with Dropbox.

  • Box Vox

    My question is: — do you have any plans to give this desktop sync feature to all accounts?

  • iPhone 6 News

    this app makes it so easy to use the box cloud
    First I thought I need to be a premium user to use the PC desktop app, but this works even wih the free account. thanks

  • guest

    II got a 50 gb account Free from Sony-Ericsson, but it’s useless without an option to sync files on a desktop pc and with files limitation up tu 100 mb… Sorry, back to dropbox, there things go the right way…

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