Box for Business Review

Updated May 31, 2014
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Box for Business offers more than just storage by making sharing and editing files easy for small businesses. The service lets you edit and easily share documents on desktop or mobile devices and will automatically save changes in the cloud, even if they're made on a hard drive. While there's no free storage, at $15 per user per month for 1 TB, their prices aren't unreasonable.

Ease of useProsGenerous 1 TB storage plan, Excellent collaboration and app options, Document editing and user management controlsConsNo free storage, Not compatible with Linux

Features

Collaboration and syncing, even on hard drives. Requiring at least three registered users, Box for Business is a good choice for small businesses because its tools enable teams to work on documents both in the cloud and offline. In addition to allowing editing and saving in apps' third-party programs like Microsoft Office in the cloud, users can also amend documents on their hard drives and still have the changes synced to the cloud. Box for Business offers mobile access (by sending a link to the cloud file), apps for many platforms (including one tailored for Windows 8) and full-text search. You can also lock files or restrict who can access or edit a document, and up to 50 previous versions are stored.

Plans

Three choices for businesses. Box for Business is priced at $15 per user per month, and allows collaboration and management of documents. At least three users must be signed up, so small businesses should budget at least $45 a month, for 1 TB of storage; individual files can't exceed 5 GB. For smaller groups, the Starter plan (Est. $5 per user per month) offers 100 GB of storage and a 2 GB maximum for individual files. It can be used for one to 10 users, but doesn't offer as many perks as the Box for Business plan, like user management. The Enterprise plan (Est. $35 per user per month) provides unlimited storage for files up to 5 GB, along with more features like security reporting and mobile security controls.

Our Sources

1. Infoworld.com

Review: Box Beats Dropbox -- and All the Rest -- for Business, Serdar Yegulalp, Nov. 6, 2013

InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp strongly endorses Box for Business in this in-depth comparative review of business cloud storage services. Box earns a score of 8.7 out of 10 and gets high marks for ease of use, security and management, third-party integrations, value and more.

2. CNET

OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which Cloud Storage Service Is Right for You?, Sarah Mitroff, March 13, 2014

CNET's Sarah Mitroff names Box a great choice for teamwork and collaboration because of its privacy controls and features like assigning tasks, sharing files with colleagues and leaving comments. Mitroff maintains that Box might be too overwhelming for an individual user, however.

3. ZDNet.com

Eight Business-class Alternatives to Dropbox, Ed Bott, April 17, 2014

Box's Windows Phone- and Windows 8-compatable apps, its collaborative features and integration with Microsoft Office make it a top choice of ZDNet in this short comparative review of leading business cloud storage services.

4. TechRadar.com

Cloud Collaboration Services: The Top 10 for SMBs, Kane Fulton, Oct. 29, 2013

TechRadar.com calls Box "the Dropbox of the enterprise" in reference to the company's leadership in business cloud storage solutions. TechRadar.com praises Box's features, such as user permissions and easy file-sharing, but they doesn't outright endorse or rank Box or any other cloud storage service.

5. Cloud Pro

Box for Business Review, Stuart Andrews, March 28, 2014

Box for Business is awarded 4 out of 5 stars. Stuart Andrews maintains that "Box is setting the pace" for business cloud storage by offering outstanding features like locking files and providing mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

6. Forbes

Free Cloud Storage for Entrepreneurs: Top 6 Picks, Cheryl Conner, April 12, 2014

Box is Cheryl Conner's pick in this short write-up for small and enterprise businesses thanks to its apps and support for enterprise.

7. Small Business Computing.com

10 Top Cloud Storage Services for SMBs, Joe Moran, April 25, 2013

Box is listed among the best online storage services for small businesses; it's unique because of its collaborative focus and ability to search for text in files. Its features, along with nine other cloud storage services, are described in just a few sentences each, however.