Box (formerly Box.net) is a cloud storage service that gives out 10 GB of free storage for every user.
Box makes it easy to edit and upload Microsoft Office documents to your online account.Visit Box Box What We Like
10 GB of free online storage space
Instantly search through all your files
Upload multiple pictures and video files from a mobile device
Download an entire shared folder as a ZIP fileWhat We Don't Like
Uploads can not exceed 250 MB in size
Can't password protect shared files
Some features work only if you upgrade to a paid version
Here are some other notable features:Notes can be added alongside filesShare files and folders even if the recipient doesn't have a Box accountEnable offline access to your files from a mobile deviceCan set up two-factor authenticationOption to share files and folders from the desktop software and mobile applicationGoogle Docs and spreadsheets can be created right from Box
File Sharing with Box
You can share an entire folder with Box or just individual files. Recipients can download the whole folder at once via a ZIP folder.
You can also specify whether or not files can be downloaded by others, and instead just make them viewable in their web browser.
Email alerts can be set up to notify you when someone downloads a file from your shared Box folders.
Box is available for Windows and macOS as a sync client that lets you easily drop data to your Box folder for file and folder uploads. This can also be done through a browser window.
iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and other mobile users can all download an application for viewing and sharing their Box files. They can also upload photos and videos right from their device, enable files to be used when offline, and set a passcode for extra security. A dedicated mobile page that's optimized for mobile phones is also available.
There's also an application called Box Edit that you can install on a desktop PC to enable document editing. For example, if you open a DOCX file from your online Box account and choose to make an edit, the file will open in Microsoft Office (if you have it installed). Then when you save it, the file will automatically upload back to your Box account with the changes intact.
Note that the sync client is not needed to use Box Edit.
An upload limit is set at 250 MB per file. This applies to both the desktop applications as well as through the browser.
Box is unable to password-protect shared files. This option is only available if you upgrade to a paid account.
Thoughts on Box
We like the whole design of the web interface for Box. It's very clean and isn't confusing in the slightest. Some of the features are only available if you upgrade to a paid subscription with Box, and these settings are clearly marked as such, which is helpful.
The desktop application, Box Sync, is even easier to use. There aren't any settings or options but to turn syncing on and off. While simplicity may be something of a benefit, it also means there are no additional options like manual bandwidth controls. If you're constantly syncing files between your desktop and online Box account, you may witness network hiccups or slow internet upload/download speeds in other applications.
The mobile application is really nice. You're able to search through text in documents and easily open the portion of the file you're looking for. We found this very useful. Also, in the settings is an option to warn you when uploading files over 20 MB while away from Wi-Fi, which is handy if you've forgotten you're on a cell network.
You can also open documents and other files from your Box account into other applications like Dropbox. So transferring files to another cloud storage service is possible.
We were able to upload pictures and videos in bulk to our Box account from the mobile application, but not an entire album of media. Activity like this is shown in an activity log, where you can click any event and jump right to it on your Box account.
Overall, we're very pleased with both the web and mobile version of Box.