Newest version of Box.net focuses on simplicity

The popular cloud-based file-sharing software brought to you by the folks at Box.net has gotten a new look. If enhancing user experience was the end goal, simplicity was definitely the theme.

Similar to other file-sharing and collaborative programs like Dropbox and Microsoft SharePoint, Box allows users to share files across computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Often viewed as an alternative to the better-known Dropbox service, Box developers claim their application offers more enterprise-friendly features, including role-based access to files. In addition, quite a bit of net clutter has been removed from Box’s web-based interface, which should allow users to view their files even more easily.

Box has also added real-time activity updates and a Box Apps Marketplace where more than 150 third-party apps can be downloaded to increase Box’s usability even more. In addition, a new collaborative discussions tab specifically for conversations about projects (as opposed to just specific files) has also been unveiled.

The new interface is currently available via invitations, which are in the process of being sent to Box’s approximately 5 million users. Currently Box users have the option to switch between the new and old versions of Box at their whim. It’s advised to start getting used to the new interface now though, as the old version will be phased out at the end of February.

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