The future of remote work is here, reshaping how we fundamentally work. The old rules of daily trips to the office have been replaced by flexible, work-from-anywhere schedules and teams that span traditional workplace boundaries. To add to this changing dynamic, the rise of mobile, cloud, and the exponential growth of information is reshaping how we consume, organize, and collaborate on work.
Over the past 10 years, we've devoted ourselves to building a content platform that is unbelievably simple and secure. With Box, employees can access files from anywhere, share securely with anyone, and work across any app. We're taking this obsession with simplicity and usability even further by introducing the All-New Box experience. With features including improved UI, Collections, Annotations, a streamlined Zoom integration, and many more, Box allows you to unleash your best work across both individuals and teams.
Maximize individual productivity
In the workplace, productivity is defined by efficiently completing your tasks to meet your goals. But with more files across more tools, it's become even more difficult for users to do their jobs effectively. Whether it's finding a file or organizing and prioritizing work, being productive often boils down to simply reducing the distractions to help you get to the information you need. In that vein, we're rolling out a few key features to help users do their best work:
- A refreshed user experience to reduce distractions of working in Box
- Introducing Collections, a personalized way to organize files
- Key enhancements to streamline note-taking and file commenting
Refreshed user experience. Available in a public beta beginning today, our simpler, faster redesigned experience enables you to more easily find what you need. Key changes you will see include:
- A reprioritized action bar to make it even easier to work with your content
- A refreshed look and icons to make the experience more readable and easy to navigate
- Reduced page load times enabling you to get to your work in half the time
Introducing Collections. As you work across more teams and projects it means more content, more folders, and well — more chaos. Sometimes you just need to tidy it all up in a way that makes sense to you. Available in public beta beginning today, Collections allows users to create a dedicated space for projects or related content so that it's easier to access a specific set of files. You'll be able to add files, folders, or bookmarked documents (shared or not) into one or more personal Collections — without impacting collaborators' access to those items in Box.
Additional user enhancements. We want you to be able to get your work done, without all the additional clicks. That's why over the past six months or so we have made some enhancements to simplify how you work with your files in Box:
- Quickly navigate through content and collaborate on both Zip and RAW files directly within file preview without having to download the files
- With Box Notes File preview, you can add shared links into a Box Note and quickly browse, read, or play with the file without ever leaving Box Notes
Power better team collaboration
Imagine what happens when a team of individuals, with maximized productivity, are working together to achieve a goal. Collectively, you become unstoppable. But whenever you are working with more people, there are more review cycles, meetings and files needed — which can slow your processes down. That's why we have also been focusing on delivering new enhancements that streamline how you work together:
- Introducing Annotations, to support free-form markup and streamline review processes
- Built-in Zoom integration for instant access to virtual collaboration
- Enhanced File Request, the simplest way to request and receive content from anyone
Introducing Annotations. A core piece of collaboration is the feedback and review process. As you work and collaborate on team projects, you need this process to be quick, seamless and to the point. Emailing a request to edit an attached file can only get you so far, you need the ability to comment directly on the specific item that needs attention- such as marking up a pricing proposal in a Microsoft Word file, images in a PowerPoint deck, or a chart in a pdf report. In the summer months, we'll be launching Annotations on the web. With this new enhancement, you'll be able to simplify the review process with the ability to leave free form mark-ups and text comments while you are providing feedback. And, because we know your work comes in different forms we will be making it available across 100+ different file types.
More apps in Recommended Apps. With the abundance of productivity apps you collaborate in — it has become infinitely harder and harder to juggle them all. Earlier this year we introduced two key features that empower you to seamlessly work on your content across your preferred applications.
- Recommended Apps surfaces the right app at the right time so you can swiftly take action on a file without needing to switch tabs or leave Box.
- App activity stream adds an additional layer of visibility around what is happening at the file level so you never lose context on that specific file.
We are taking this a step further to enable easier ad-hoc collaboration by including a new Zoom integration within Recommended Apps. Coming late May, with this enhanced integration you'll have instant access to Zoom so you can create, start or join a meeting directly from the file you are working in. Instead of having to interrupt your flow to navigate to your Calendar or Zoom app you can stay in Box and seamlessly communicate face to face without all the clicks.
Enhanced File Request to streamline submissions. Lastly, work isn't always within your company firewall. Several business processes rely on content sourced from outside the organization, including files that are too big to be shared over email. This content often contains sensitive and personal information and needs to be handled safely and securely. Yet companies use overly-complex, outdated methods like email, FTP and custom portals to request content. Available today, the new Box File Request is a simple, secure way to get files and metadata from anyone, even those without a Box account. With File Request, you can easily and quickly send a link to request files and supplemental information. Submitters drag-and-drop files and fill out the requested information. The files go directly into Box with the supplemental information automatically attached as metadata, which can be used to trigger workflows and make content more searchable. Learn more about Box File Request.
Work doesn't have to be a four letter word. With the All-New Box you can experience work in an exciting way that enables you to deliver your best results yet. Sign up for our upcoming What's New with Box webinar on May 14 to learn more about these exciting new features.