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Box Review

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Of the cloud services available on the market, Box is one that offers storage, back up and sync options, and access for PCs, Macs, and mobile devices of all kinds. While Box is a viable candidate for personal or business users, it's better suited for business accounts for a few reasons.

As far as the free account goes, you can sign up for Box and get 10GB of free space. If that isn't enough, you can sign up for a paid account, which nets you 100GB of storage. With Box's two other plans, Business and Enterprise, you get unlimited storage and a maximum file upload cap of 5GB.

The Business and Enterprise plans come with some caveats. First, there's a minimum requirement of three users per account, and with the starter plan, a maximum of 10 people. If you choose the less-expensive plan, you won't get custom branding or a few advanced features that come with the higher-priced plans. Another limitation of Box is that you can't upload files bigger than 5GB on the higher-priced plans for both personal and business, 2GB on the Starter business plan, and 250MB on the free personal plan.

Collaboration is a little clunky through Box compared to some cloud services that let you edit files in real time, but it's still easy enough. You and your colleagues can preview files without having to download them first, which is helpful. To edit, though, you'll have to download the file, make your changes and then upload it to Box. The good news, however, is that Box offers automatic version control, so you have the latest document available every time, but older versions are saved in case you need to revert to one.

Box gives you a lot of flexibility with its collaboration features. You can share files and folders with colleagues or set permissions to allow only certain individuals to see or edit files. As a personal user, this means you can keep some items private, while sharing photos of your vacation with friends and family. As a business, you can share files with clients or contractors that are pertinent to their projects, while keeping proprietary information private.

Like other popular cloud services, you can create new documents from Box's website app, but an added benefit is the ability to assign tasks to certain users, which eliminates the need for task management software for small teams.

Box offers mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices, and you have more than just the ability to view files from the app. You can upload photos, videos and other files from your mobile device to Box, which makes them immediately available to others, so you have even easier ways to collaborate.

Box is a cloud service that works as file storage, file backup and a place for collaboration among business teams, or clients and contractors. You don't get as much storage space for the money as other cloud services, but you get a lot of extras, such as task management and file uploads from the mobile app.