Cloud-storage service Box has (finally?) decided to provide a native macOS client app for its Apple customers. The new app, currently in public beta, is available at no charge at box.com/resources/downloads.

With the Box Drive app, users can access Box files on their Mac, natively integrated into the Finder, as well as easily share and collaborate on documents and more. You can edit like you would any local file and have the app save it automatically to the Box cloud, with the enterprise-grade security protecting everything you do.

According to the company, the app includes the following features:

  • The cloud doesn’t fit on your hard drive. While it’s super convenient to sync files to your desktop, the amount of syncing you can actually do is limited by your hard drive space. So while you’d like to access ALL your files (especially your team files), more often than not, you end up syncing only a subset of your files, which limits the amount of work you can actually do straight from your desktop.
  • Storing work on your desktop is risky business. IT teams have been pulling their hair out for years, because they haven’t had proper visibility or control over how files are being accessed, shared, and managed. Plus, if your computer was ever lost or stolen, there wasn’t much you could do about the work files that went along with it.
  • Network files shares were great—20 years ago. Teams are clamoring for greater mobility, easier collaboration, and better compliance–and network shares just can’t keep up. Not to mention the constant maintenance, unpredictable growth, storage sprawl, and never-ending costs that come with them.

Apple’s new Files app on iOS 11 features built-in support for a number of cloud-storage service, including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud Drive, Adobe Creative Cloud and more.

  • Agneev

    Is there any app which automatically offloads files instead of downloading them on Mac?

    • Iskren Donev

      There are a few out there. I have personally used Mountain Duck and also ExpanDrive.

      That’s my solution to having a 128GB MacBook as my daily driver. Plus my Transporter Sync with a 4TB attached HDD doesn’t hurt.

  • Agneev

    Network files shares were great—20 years ago.

    It was never great!