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Welcome to the first product newsletter of 2018!

Check out our new releases, what's coming soon, and more!

 

 

January Month in Review

 

GxP Assurance GA

  • Box GxP Validation is now available! With Box GxP Validation, pharma and life sciences companies can now validate Box to collaborate, manage and distribute regulated clinical, lab and manufacturing content in Box.
  • To hear more about how to leverage Box and save in validation costs, join our webinar on February 14, 2018. Register here

 

Box Zones - Canada

  • Box Zones provides in-region data storage with Box and is now available in Canada for customers. Learn more here

 

Box for Android 4.9

  • Our Box for Android update includes bug fixes and stability improvements for this popular mobile application.

 

Rolling Out This Month

 

Tableau for Box

  • Tableau's new integration with Box allows you to connect Box as a data source for your Tableau dashboards, enabling seamless visualization of and insights into all of your most important content. Learn more here

 

Box Drive v1.5

  • This update allows users to add a Box Note to a folder by simply right-clicking the folder and choosing "Create Box Note." Also included are bug fixes and quality improvements.

 

Coming Soon

 

Box Tools v4.0 & UI Updates:

  • In early March, we will be releasing Box Tools version4.0. With this release, Box Edit will once again support private/incognito browsers. Additionally, there will be minor changes to the user interface, bug fixes, and stability improvements. Learn more here

 

Box Relay Updates: Managing your workflow just got easier with three new Box Relay features

  • Changing Due Dates: After a workflow is launched, owners and admins can change the due dates and days required to complete any incomplete tasks.
  • Add/Remove Assignees: Workflow owners and admins can add, remove, and update the assignees for future tasks.
  • Group Assignments: Admins can assign a project to Box Groups directly from the Admin Console.

 

Box Notes Shared Links:

  • Soon, users will have the option of selecting 'can view' or'can edit' permissions when generating shared links.
  • Box Admins can configure the settings for this feature in the Admin Console in the Content & Sharing tab under the shared links section once it is available. Learn more here

 

Single File Collaboration:

  • We’re always looking for ways to improve sharing and collaboration in Box. To make it easier to invite someone to edit a file, we are launching the ability to ‘invite collaborators’ to individual files (previously collaborators could only be invited at the folder level). Learn more here

 

Want more? Visit the Box Community Product News blog for all product changes!

 

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We’re always looking for ways to improve sharing and collaboration in Box. To make it easier than ever to invite someone to edit a file, we will soon launch the ability to ‘invite collaborators’ to individual files (previously collaborators could only be invited at the folder level.) Learn more here

Note: This feature is officially live and the announcement is made here.

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Soon, users will have the option of selecting 'can view' or 'can edit' permissions when generating shared links. Box Admins can configure the settings for this feature in the Admin Console in the Content & Sharing tab under the shared links section once it is available. Learn more here

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Users will now be able to add a Box Note to a folder by right clicking the folder and choosing the 'Create Box Note' menu option. This version also includes bug fixes and quality improvement.

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With the new update that will be available soon to users you will see the following:

・Ability to access your files in the new Apple Files app on iOS 11
・Added the ability to preview photos taken in the new High Efficiency Image File Format (on iOS 11 and newer)
・Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

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With this Box for EMM update we will be:

・Introducing a brand new navigation design to make it easier for you to access your most critical content.
・Allow users to monitor their file upload and download progress in the tool bar.
・Include additional bug fixes and stability improvements

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Various bug fixes and updated metrics framework will be included in this release. No End user facing changes.

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The release of this update will include stability improvements and bug fixes.

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The release of this update will include stability improvements and bug fixes.

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Our Box for Android update includes bug fixes and stability improvements for our users!

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In early March, we will be releasing Box Tools version 4.0 (Box Edit and Box Device Trust). This version contains architecture changes that move us away from our reliance on browser cookies and onto a much more stable and performant foundation.  This new version includes once again supporting private/incognito browsers, some minor changes to the user interface, and our usual bug fixes and stability improvements. 
 
Please note that with this new version, the minimum system requirements for Box Tools will be changing.  These new system requirements must be in place for existing users before the early March automatic update to version 4.0.  You can find more information regarding the new requirements here

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In November 2016, Box announced the end-of-life (EOL) of Crocodoc and Box View services and the General Availability of New Box View for existing Crocodoc and Box View customers.  New Box View allows developers to display high-fidelity, interactive viewers for documents, images, videos, 360 images and videos, 3D files and dozens of other file types in your web and mobile apps. Using New Box View, developers can display nearly any file type without having to build your own viewers.
 
You can learn how to start using New Box View in your apps today with our Getting Started Guide.
New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc and the legacy Box View API, including improved rendering fidelity, expanded support for new file types, and advanced security functionality like encryption and virus scanning. New Box View is also built on the same technology stack as the Box web and mobile applications, allowing for continuous improvement and expanded capabilities to be introduced over time.
 
New Box View is intended to be used in place of the existing Box View and Crocodoc API services. To that end, as of January 15, 2018 Crocodoc and the legacy Box View API services will be discontinued.  
 
We're excited about this new service and can't wait to see all the amazing apps you build with it. We also understand that you may have come to rely on Crocodoc or the legacy Box View API and we are striving to make the transition to New Box View as seamless as possible. If you have any questions, please email us at new-box-view@box.com.

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Our Box for Android update will include bug fixes and stability improvements for our users. 

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On Wednesday, January 3rd 2018, details of two CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, were published.
Google’s Project Zero researchers demonstrated that security flaws could allow attackers to take advantage of speculative execution resulting in unauthorized actors potentially having access to sensitive information in the system’s memory such as passwords.

 

Box is applying patches where relevant to our infrastructure. At this time, we believe the Box service is not directly impacted, and we assess the risk as low. Though the underlying CPU and OS combination in our infrastructure may be affected by these vulnerabilities, the Box service is a closed system that does not allow customers to run custom code against our underlying infrastructure.

 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update the Community page. You can learn more about Security at Box here.

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On Wednesday, January 3rd 2018, details of two CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, were published.
Google’s Project Zero researchers demonstrated that security flaws could allow attackers to take advantage of speculative execution resulting in unauthorized actors potentially having access to sensitive information in the system’s memory such as passwords.

At this time, we believe the Box service is not directly impacted, and we assess the risk as low.


We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update the Community page. You can learn more about Security at Box here.

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