Microsoft isn't the only company making an announcement surrounding the newest version their Windows Operating System. Box has also announced that they have designed a new version of their file managing app -- specifically for Windows 8.

More Than a File Manager

Earlier this year, Box announced a new app for the Windows Phone, but with the launch of Windows 8 they are expanding on what their product can offer Windows users.

The new Box app was announced in conjunction with the launch of Windows 8 today, while Simon Tan, Box’s Product Manager of Mobile elaborated on the details in a blog post. Tan confirmed that the new Box Windows app would have all the features of its predecessors, such as being able to manage individual files and folders, adding collaborators by email and working with colleagues through document collaboration.

The Windows 8 version of the app will include a variety of features to enhance the user experience. They include:

  • A Semantic Zoom feature allows users to avoid using the ‘pitch to zoom’ technique, as they can see all of their files and folders with an easy to read summary, where they can pick a file by letter, date or size.
  • Files can be easily managed with either a sibling folder tree tool or hierarchy drop down tool.


  • Files and folders as links can be shared via a Windows 8 Share charm.
  • Box is part of a cloud file system, which allows users to not only create, upload and download files into other sources, but also is a ‘file source and file target.” As a source and target, information or files from other apps can be stored or opened in Box.
  • Not only can files be edited within Box, but any changes made outside of the app to a file will automatically be saved to the Box version when it's opened with the app.
  • Box can be linked with Live Tiles,so that any updates to the Box system are seen on the start screen, while individual file and folders can be pinned to tiles.
  • Box for Windows 8 is currently available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese. Other languages will follow when the app is updated.

Security Features

The security features available for Windows 8’s version of Box are similar to those available to mobile users; they include SSO login support and a passcode lock.