Box.net, a cloud storage and collaboration service today launched an in-depth integration with Google's Docs and Spreadsheets directly within the platform. This is aimed to taken on its competitor Microsoft SharePoint.
With this integration, all Box.net users can can apply Google's real-time, concurrent editing to the more than 50 million Word and Excel files already stored on Box, and also create Google Docs and Spreadsheets directly within Box folders. Users can then share these files with other Box users, view document updates in Box's real-time activities feed, and leverage Box collaboration tools like commenting and tasks.
Box is using Google Apps' core API for the integration.
Box, which has 6 million users and stores 300 million documents, is a cloud storage platform for the enterprise that comes with collaboration, social and mobile functionality. Box has evolved into more than just a fils storage platform, and has become a full-fledged collaborative application where businesses can actually communicate about document updates, sync files remotely, and even add features from Salesforce, Google Apps, NetSuite, Yammer and others.
Watch the video embedded below demonstrating the new integration: