For all the virtues of mobile devices, editing business docs on tablets and mobile phones is still a major pain. Need to make last-minute updates to that presentation? You’ll probably pull out your laptop rather than your iPad.
Box, the popular file-sharing & storage app, is attempting to change this with it’s new Box OneCloud offering. Box claims it’s “the first mobile cloud for the enterprise to unify business information across devices and applications.” The Box OneCloud app provides a suite of more than 30 productivity applications that enable workers to access, edit, and share content from their mobile devices. It’s currently available on the iPhone and iPad and will be extended to Android and other mobile operating systems.
Four Box OneCloud partners, including Quickoffice, Adobe EchoSign, Nuance PaperPort Notes and PDF Expert, support a “round-trip workflow” — meaning content updates for each app are instantly stored and secured on Box. Additional partner apps include BrainShark, Call Trunk, DocuSign, Fileboard, GoodReader, JotNot, Openera and Podio. Other apps may be coming soon, thanks to its developer tools.
Will OneCloud solve the mobile document problem? No, but it’s a step in the right direction. It will certainly make life easier for existing Box users. Is it worth switching from Dropbox or iCloud? Only if you have a strong need for electronic signatures, annotations, or one of the other compelling new features. See for yourself.