The companies are aiming to make Box a third-party repository for content stored in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Box announced a new partnership with Google that will integrate Google’s Docs and Springboard apps with Box’s cloud platform.
With the first part of the integration, the companies are aiming to make Box a third-party repository for content stored in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Once available, users will be able to create and edit Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations directly from Box. At the same time, Box features such as task management, real-time alerts, and governance controls will bleed into Google’s collaboration tools.
The second part of the integration centers around intelligent search functionality. Springboard is Google’s enterprise search tool for finding content stored across Google apps like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and Drive. By integrating with Box, Google will apply Springboard’s universal search capabilities to content stored in Box.
“The combination of Box’s enterprise content platform with Google’s world-class cloud technology will help businesses of all sizes unlock productivity across their organizations,” said Box CEO Aaron Levie in a statement. “New, simple and powerful connections between Box, Google Docs, and Google Springboard are just the beginning of how Box and Google can power better ways to work in the cloud.”
Looking at the bigger picture, this latest tie-up is really designed to appease existing enterprise customers who want to toggle between Box and Google apps without a lot of friction. In a blog post, Nan Boden, Google’s head of global partnerships, highlighted Avago, Intuit, Internet2, and Whirlpool as companies already using Box and Google together.