BuckeyeBox Updates for October 2014

Box for Office 365

This week Box launched the updated Box for Office 365. These new integrations support Office 2013 (and Office 2010) desktop applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) and make it easy for your teams to use Box and Office 365 together. You can open, save, edit and share documents directly from Office 365 (Office 2013 and Office 2010) without compromising the security and mobile access you get from Box.

You can download an individual installer here: https://support.box.com/hc/en-us/articles/203053636

You can also download a deployment package for updating multiple PCs in your organization, available here: https://e3.boxcdn.net/box-installers/boxforoffice/currentrelease/BoxForOffice.msi

If you choose this installer, please ensure that the destination systems have the minimum requirements (.NET 4.0 and Visual Studio Tools for Office) installed before pushing the MSI.

Users will need administrative rights on their machines in order to complete the initial installation. Subsequent updates will be pushed silently. Users who have the old Office integration installed will be prompted to update on or around 10/22/14. Users who have already installed the beta version of the new integration will be silently updated.

For more information, please visit our support pages for Box for Office 365.

User UI Updates

In addition to the new Box for Office announcement, Box is also making several other user experience improvements. Box always looks for ways to provide a more simple and seamless access to your most important content. With that goal in mind, Box is excited to provide a preview of some upcoming changes planned for the web application. 

The first changes Box has planned and is scheduled for mid-November include:  

  • Redesigned Notifications page: Box is rebuilding the Notifications page into a more fully functional inbox where users can access pending tasks, comments, folder invites, and general collaboration updates.
  • Updated header: Box will also move the header's search bar to the left-hand navigation and the icons for the Files, Updates, and Notifications pages to the right-hand navigation. Contacts and Applications will move into the username dropdown menu.
  • Favorites: Box providing a new way for users to quickly access the content that is most important to them individually. You will be able to easily star the files and folders that are your favorites and navigate to them through the right hand Favorites menu. Favorites are already available in our latest Android app and are coming soon to iOS, so you will be able to access those same favorites across all platforms.

You can see both the new Notifications page and the new header here, as well as a before and after look.

New and improved advanced search filters are coming soon.

Screenshots:

Box understands that the changes to the header alter the look and feel of the Box application for your users and that you may have internal documentation that you need to update, so we wanted to provide this next month for you to prepare for these changes. This sneak peek is being provided directly to you to  prepare your end users for these changes. Box will be making a larger public announcement next month.

In the coming months, you'll see additional updates to various pages in the web application, including the people/contacts page and the user profile page. These may include minor updates, but we'll be sure to keep you informed of what's coming.

Box for iOS v3.4.2

This week we released iOS v3.4.2, which has additional improvements for apps that have implemented Document Picker. 

Box Notes

We are releasing two changes to Box Notes. First, a new user feedback button in the lower-right corner of Box Notes. It's there to solicit ideas about what we should be building next and what people like and dislike. Second, we are adding an annotation reply button. When viewing an annotation within Box Notes, you will now see an option to click "reply".

Coming Soon

m.box.com and a.box.com Revamp

m.box has now been successfully rolled out to 100% of free users.  Over the coming weeks, we will be rolling out the new m.box to enterprises.  A.box will be updated as the final stage of the roll-out. The new m.box/a.box includes a revamped UI and new preview functionality. Read more about m.box here.

Upcoming Feature and Browser End of Lifes (EOLs)

Throughout the coming quarters, we will remove some functionality to make room for an even better product. Please review additional information on the Box support site here. 

On October 31, 2014, we will end support for the following:

  • Several older versions of our mobile applications, including: 
    • All versions of Box for iPhone and iPad before v3.x (users can upgrade to the latest version of the app)
    • Box for BlackBerry Playbook (users can leverage m.box.com instead of the native app)
    • Box for TouchPad (users can leverage m.box.com instead of the native app)
  • Box Sync 4.x on Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.7 and earlier
  • Box Edit on Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.7 and earlier 
  • Box for Office integration on Office 2007
  • Internet Explorer 7
  •  Windows XP
  • Mac 10.7

Moving forward, Box will support the current and prior major releases of the following web browsers, and desktop and mobile operating system versions on a rolling basis. Additional information is available here.

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