Google and Box have announced a new partnership that essentially allows the cloud-based storage company to be a repository for Google Docs for Box customers. This is a big deal for businesses who leverage Box as they can keep all of the documents within Box yet still leverage the power of Google Docs within their SMB or Enterprise.
The integration between Box and Google Docs will enable Box to act as a third-party repository for Docs, Sheets and Slides, allowing users to create and collaboratively edit Google Docs directly from Box.
The integration doesn’t stop there as there are also plans to integrate Box with Google Springboard.
Springboard allows users to connect contacts and content together using Google search and artificial intelligence. When that integration happens, Google states “Through this integration,
Springboard will help users find the right information at the right time, no matter where it’s hosted — in Gmail, Drive, Docs or in Box.”
Ultimately, for the SMB (Small-Medium Business) and enterprise space where Box is leveraged for content storage, this integration should increase productivity. Users who leverage both Google Docs and Box will be able to get all their docs, spreadsheets and presentations within Box and not have to go to the Google sites to do their work.
In the announcement, Google cited several joint customers that would be able to benefit from this immediately which included the likes of Whirlpool, Avago and Intuit. What wasn’t immediately clear is what, if any, integrations will happen with the mobile apps for Box and the Google apps.