Box, a cloud storage, file sharing and content management provider, on Wednesday introduced Box OneCloud, a service that let’s users bring together and share mobile business applications from iPads.
Box will integrate more than 30 productivity apps with OneCloud platform, including four premier apps: Quickoffice, which allows editing of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files; Adobe EchoSign, for electronically signing and sending files from the iPad; Nuance PaperPort Notes, a note-taking and dictation tool; and PDF Expert, a tool to enable work on PDF files.
Chris Yeh, vice president of Platform at Box, said the company wants to address growing interest in using mobile devices, especially the iPad, to access and work on business applications.
“Applications that run on the iPad now are fragmented,” he said in an interview. “If you open apps and work on a file, it’s extremely difficult to move these files around. That led us to Box OneCloud. It’s designed to be the first mobile enterprise solution that’s cloud-based. OneCloud offers the ability for enterprises to have apps in a secure place and have a productivity tool to let users work on them in a secure and seamless way.”
Box OneCloud, which is free, is available on Apple iOS and in May it will be extended to Android. It will be available to Windows and Windows Mobile operating systems in the future, Yeh said.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Box says it has 10 million users from 120,000 businesses.