Cloud storage service Box is bringing a number of updates to its service Wednesday. Updates include a new API for its open platform, 15 new OneCloud application partners and partnerships with two centers of technology excellence based in New York City –- General Assembly and TechStars.
Box has been in the cloud storage game since 2005. Ten million people use the service globally, and more than 120,000 businesses use it. Those users access more than 200 million files on Box each month, and 82% of the Fortune 500 use the service.
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Wednesday's announcement comes in the wake of the launch of Google's more consumer-focused Google Drive.
“It's validation that there are big companies in the space,” Chris Yeh, vice president of platform at Box told Mashable. "Their focus point is going to be on making a great consumer product ... We're focused almost exclusively on enterprise. Our target and the way we build features is based on enterprise and enterprise creativity.”
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The updates are almost exclusively focused on making this easier for developers and for integrating Box into additional services.
Here's a breakdown of the updates:
- v2 API: Box v2 is RESTful, which means it uses common naming standards and output formats that make it easier for developers to build integrations with Box. Box has streamlined the process for developers to connect to it, by cutting down on the amount of documentation developers need to review.
- Instant Mode: Instant Mode removes the sign-up process for third-party applications to connect to Box. For instance, if you wanted to store files on LinkedIn using Box, now you could just provide LinkedIn an email address and a Box account will be instantly created for you. You can go and claim your Box account and use it for other purposes as well, or you can just leave it connected to your LinkedIn account with no further sign up required.
- Box OneCloud App to App Framework: Introducing Box OneCloud App to App Framework, Box is now providing developers with new documentation and user interface guidelines to help simplify the development of applications.
- New Box OneCloud Partners: Box launched OneCloud on March 28, and Wednesday is introducing 15 new OneCloud partners with Box integration: CloudOn, Breezy, Explain Everything, BlueBeam Vu, Handshake, iAnnotate, iDesk, iDocShelf, InBound, LincDoc, Mockups.me, Notability, Producteev, ScrumPad Pro and The Vault.
- General Assembly and TechStars: Box has partnered with NYC-based General Assembly and TechStars to help drive innovation in enterprise software. The partnership will offer mentorship and resources to startups to help foster the creation of enterprise software companies. Box will also sponsor TechStar’s HackStars program, that hires experienced developers and designers to work with the TechStars portfolio companies.
A beta version of the Box API is available today.
This story originally published on Mashable here.