Box Releases Its First Windows Phone Cloud Storage Client
Just a few hours ago, we were lamenting that Microsoft’s SkyDrive isn’t a full-featured cloud storage offering, limiting what file types it supports to documents and media. That was keeping apps from using the service to automatically backup their data. Apparently, we picked a good day to talk about Windows Phone cloud storage, as Box has just announced the availability of its own system for Windows Phone users.
Android and iOS users are already well familiar with Box, and even if you Windows Phone enthusiasts haven’t had the opportunity to access it from your phone, no doubt a good number of you have tried it on the desktop.
Of course, all the basics are in place, like tools for file management, searches, and protecting sensitive information with an additional password. For the release of this new client, Box sweetens the deal with some Windows-Phone-specific features, like a Live Tile to show you when other users you’re collaborating with remotely update shared files.
International support includes translations for French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Japanese.
Box hasn’t revealed full details yet, but its app should start showing up pre-loaded on some Windows Phone handsets, thanks to a partnership with Qualcomm; there’s no word on if that will include some free extra storage but we wouldn’t be surprised.