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What is Box?

An Introduction to Box - The Cloud Content Management Platform

Box allows users to share individual, group, or departmental files, including documents, photos, research, and more. 

Best Uses for Box?

Box is a good solution when you:

  • Need to manage a collection of files for your department or group, retaining departmental ownership of files
  • Want granular control over what each user is allowed to do with the files they have access to
  • Would like metadata, tags, and commenting features 
  • Want to utilize real-time co-authoring in Microsoft Office products
  • Need the ability to collaborate with colleagues outside of UC Berkeley

Review Collaboration Options

Review and compare available collaboration options in the Berkeley Knowledge Base. 

At a Glance

Key benefits:

  • Intuitive folder structure that allows for granular permissions
  • Collaborate with other users through sharing, commenting, and web-editing 
  • Box for Office Online allows you to create, manage, and use real-time co-authoring features in Microsoft Office online
  • With Box Notes you can take notes, in real-time with your team, without leaving Box
  • Mobile apps available
  • Desktop apps available that allow bConnected users to sync their Box accounts to desktops.

Specific features: 

  • Cloud-based hosting
  • Approved for MSSEI Level 1 data*
  • Data encrypted in transit and at rest 
  • Unlimited storage

*Box is not acceptable for any institutional data classified as "critical," including certain personally identifiable human subject data. Please visit the Security website for detailed information related to acceptable data use on Box. 

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