Google has announced that it has teamed up with cloud storage provider Box which will see a tighter integration between their productivity offerings. It opens doors for Google Docs users to easily store documents in Box, which is a curious decision given Google already has its own online storage service. Meanwhile, Box will get access to Google Springboard, an AI assistant tool that helps users search for information they need and provides recommendations of what they might want to see. Read on for more details.
While the Google and Box partnership seems like an odd one at first glance, the truth is both companies stand to benefit from the team-up. Box has a sizable enterprise customer base and allowing Google Docs to be seamlessly stored in the cloud storage service means more people will be inclined to consider using the productivity suite. Users can create and edit Docs, Sheets and Slides directly from Box.
Box is set to gain access to Google’s powerful tool Springboard, which is essentially an intelligent search engine that helps users find the information they want within compatible services in a quick and easy way.
According to Google head of global technology partners Nan Boden:
“We want our customers to have flexibility in their choice of tools and to have the most productive and collaborative suite possible for their needs. In fact, several of our own customers, like Avago, Intuit, Internet2 and Whirlpool already use Box and Google together, and these integrations will contribute to a more productive and collaborative enterprise. We’re excited to partner closely with Box to expand our efforts in the enterprise and transform how businesses work in the cloud.”
[Via Google For Work Blog]