Native client for cloud service Box available for Windows Phone

Box is available for Windows Phone

The team at Box, a cloud-based storage and sharing service, have published a blog article detailing the release of their Windows Phone app, which has been published since June. The app joins their catalogue of mobile apps for iOS, BlackBerry and Android.

The Windows Phone app is a native client so you're getting all the goodies offered from Box. So what's the service all about? Box enables users to upload, store and share files from computers to the cloud. Much like DropBox, SkyDrive and similar services, Box provides a limited amount of space (5GB) for free.

Box offers a number of useful features to help make sharing files easier - from sending links and sharing entire folders to receiving real-time updates on views, comments and edits. As well as sharing, there's added support for extensive collaboration between a number personnel. Contacts can be invited to work with the user within folders, and are subsequently able to leave comments and share links to content right from the web or mobile app.

As mentioned above, the Windows Phone app packs all available mobile client functionality and then some. Search is integrated enabling users to locate files and folders in a matter of seconds from the app, and file management is a breeze with multiple functions available. Deleting, moving and renaming folders or files can even be achieved in bulk. Lastly, app-specific passcodes can be applied for an extra layer of protection.

But if that wasn't enough, the team have designed the Windows Phone Box app to take advantage of Metro and the platform capabilities. Pivots are used and Live Tiles are supported for more convenient access which also update when collaboration takes place from contacts.

As well as releasing the free Windows Phone app, the team have also started working with Qualcomm to pre-load Box on select Android and Windows devices. This will bring extra storage for consumers on said devices at no extra cost. Though with Microsoft actively improving SkyDrive, with Office 2013 on the way, it might be worth holding out to see how Windows 8, Apollo and Office changes the game.

You can download Box from the Marketplace (note: may not be available in some regions).

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Sweet, I've got 50GBs with Box. I mostly use Skydrive but Box is alright.
  • Have the 50gb from my android days. This app saves me the time of having to reupload my stuff on SkyDrive. Looks good so far
  • Lol, I have 50 gigs from my android days also.
  • 5GB only forget that. Stick to SkyDrive which I have 25GB
  • Great I've got 50 gigs from Box on my Playbook and have got the box app on Windows 8 release preview.
  • Thank you Touchpad for my free 50GB. :)
  • Ditto =)
  • Ditto.
  • How did you guys get 50g??
  • I can't speak for the Android users, but Box offered 50GB free accounts to TouchPad users. That's how I got mine.
  • I got mine from using the android app on my galaxy tab. It was some sort of promotion that upgraded me to 50Gb, but I hardly use it (I only use a few kB), because you have to manually upload stuff to it. I mainly use skydrive and dropbox because they have Windows applications that sync a local folder to the cloud.
  • This new app is great! I've been using BoxFiles for Box until now. And now that SkyDrive syncs everything to all PCs, I've been using to hold my files in the cloud that I don't want to sync. Thought I'd never use that 50GB that came with the Touchpad. Now I've already filled 25GB on Box + 22GB on SkyDrive.
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  • I'm fine with 25GB with Skydrive (Photos+Music+Videos) & Evernote (Personal files) however is good to see more options in The Marketplace:)
  • The more cloud apps, the better!
  • One thing to note Rich, I read elsewhere, is that apparently the box app bundled WPs will come with 50 GB of storage. While I'm content with my 25 GB of SkyDrive, its something to look forward to for those that use box.