Box deepens integration with G Suite

The expanded partnership promises to make it easier for customers on both platforms to manage content

Box and Google Cloud have announced a new partnership that involves greater interoperability between the two services.

The partnership will also see Box tap into Google's cloud platform to enhance its own content management platform.

The company is using Google Cloud as a key provider for data storage, machine learning, security and also its cloud identify service to help customers safeguard sensitive content. The companies say the deal will help improve the services within Box for users that are now working from home.

As more companies embrace flexible working and remote technologies, Box believes it needs to tailor its platform to suit the workforce for the 'new normal'.

"We're in the middle of a major transformation in how business gets done. The ability to work from anywhere, leverage global talent and virtual teams, and to collaborate securely with colleagues, partners, and customers is the 'new normal' for every business," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box.

"Google Cloud is an incredibly important partner as we innovate and scale to bring secure collaboration to our customers globally, and we're excited to continue making the combination of Box and G Suite as intuitive and seamless as possible for our customers."

The partnership also includes deeper integration with G Suite. Following on from the initial work their pair started in 2018, there will now be a seamless sharing experience within G Suite to simplify sharing Google files stored in Box. User will be able to keep the same access settings and privacy controls they have in Box as they navigate their files and folders.

This includes a function to transfer Google Docs, Sheets and Slides between Box and Google Drive. Box is also developing a new G Suite add-on to enable a "save to Box" option.

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