Box brings Notes to iOS while IPO waits in the wings

Summary:With the extension of Notes to mobile, Box is becoming more ubiquitous in the lives of its business users and even those using the cloud storage service for personal use.


Box is bringing its Notes feature to mobile devices amid a new upgrade to its iOS app.

The cloud-based word processing function first debuted for Box's desktop channel as a "super simple application" supporting simultaneous work and annotation among colleagues in real time.

At the time, Chris Yeh, senior vice president of product and platform at Box, told ZDNet that Box Notes was an answer to the cloud company's customers asking for more "informal" ways to collaborate, versus traditional software platforms such as Microsoft Office.

Nevertheless, the note-taking functionality puts Box on firmer footing against other comprehensive productivity platforms from the likes of Google Apps to even Evernote.

With the extension of Notes to mobile devices, Box is becoming more ubiquitous in the lives of its business users and even those using the cloud storage service for personal use; two increasingly important details as the Los Altos, Calif.-based company moves forward with its initial public offering this summer.

For current Box Notes users, there shouldn't be much of a learning curve. To get started, users have been directed to select "Create New Box Note" from the standard Add Items menu — or simply open any existing Box Note in his or her folders.

Box Notes is only available on the iPad and iPhone versions at this time. Android support is promised to be added this summer.

The Box for Android app was treated to a refresh of its own last month , which included a promo deal doling out 50GB of free cloud storage space as part of a deal with a prominent Android ecosystem partner, LG.

Image via Box

Topics: Mobility, Cloud, Enterprise Software, iOS, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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