Two years ago, Box and Google Cloud partnered with a goal of transforming the way organizations collaborate and do work in the cloud. We're excited to announce that the next step in our partnership, the Box for G Suite integration, is available now in public beta. With Box for G Suite, users will be able to seamlessly create and edit Google Docs, Sheets and Slides from within Box, making secure collaboration easier than ever.
As the number of applications that businesses use to facilitate work grows, the amount of content that moves across these applications and beyond becomes increasingly difficult to manage. This often leads to content fragmentation and a lack of visibility for IT, who is tasked with keeping company data protected and organized. That's why we've teamed up with Google Cloud to provide our customers with advanced technology that not only centralizes content to one secure location of their choice, but also boosts employee productivity.
Box for G Suite brings the familiar content creation and editing experience for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides directly into Box. G Suite files are automatically saved and managed in Box, ensuring that IT can apply consistent security, compliance and governance capabilities to all of their organization's content. This means that users have the flexibility to work using the productivity tools they prefer, while keeping all of their content consolidated.
In addition to automatically saving edits to Box, the other Google Docs, Sheets and Slides features that users know and love are also accessible in Box. For example, version history of created G Suite files can be viewed from within Box, and multiple users can concurrently edit a G Suite file to easily collaborate in real time. Box for G Suite can also convert other file types, like Microsoft Word documents, to a corresponding G Suite file for fast-paced content creation.
By having Box act as the central content repository for their organization’s Docs, Sheets and Slides files, admins can leverage the same security, compliance, and governance controls applied to any other content stored in Box. This ensures all content is held to the same standards regardless of industry. Box for G Suite brings together the best of G Suite's quick and easy content creation with Box's strong content management capabilities.
“Users benefit when partners innovate together,” said Ritcha Ranjan, Director of Product Management at Google Cloud. “Box for G Suite is an example of this, and it’s just the beginning of our work with Box to make enterprise collaboration simpler and more user-friendly.”
With thousands of joint customers using both solutions, it's no surprise that Box for G Suite has been one of our most highly-anticipated integrations.
"We are thrilled to experience the benefits of the G Suite integration with Box," says Bob Flynn, Manager of Cloud Technology Support at Indiana University. "Our users can seamlessly work in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides directly from Box, while our IT professionals can ensure all our content is fully secure in Box."
2018 has been a big year for Box and Google Cloud. We debuted several new integrations, including the Box Bot for Hangouts Chat at Google I/O and the Box for Gmail Add-on at Google Next, and today had Google Cloud Director of Product Management, Ritcha Ranjan, on stage at BoxWorks to announce the Box for G Suite public beta. We're delighted at the monumental progress we've made in helping organizations transform their work in the cloud, and we can't wait to see what's in store next for our partnership.
The Box for G Suite public beta is now closed. Stay tuned for more information about the GA release.