The new desktop software may be somewhat concerning for administrators of Mac computers, since it requires installation of a kernel extension, which has a lot of accessto what goes on in a user's system. Box will let administrators continue using the old Box Sync product for the time being, but says that it plans to shut that down at a point that's "probably far off."
The new Box desktop kernel extension is based on FUSE, an open source tool for building file systems in OS X that is also used by a bunch of other tools.
Box Notes, the company's collaborative document editing service, is also getting a new desktop app. The app, which is slated to launch later this year, will let users quickly access their notes from a Mac or PC. Next year, Box will update the app to support offline editing, so that users can edit notes while away from an internet connection and sync them to the cloud when they get access to the web.
All of these capabilities are aimed at keeping Box competitive in the rough and tumble enterprise file storage market. The company is facing a ton of competition from the likes of Google, Microsoft, Egnyte, Dropbox and a host of others.
The news comes a day after Box announced Relay, a workflow product that it launched in partnership with IBM. That service, also a part of the Box revamp, is aimed at helping users build flows that help them manage processes like contract approvals and getting new employees started at a company.
Box also announced that it's working with Google on a new partnership that will let users of the storage service keep documents, spreadsheets and presentations from the Google Docs suite inside Box.
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