Microsoft has been promising Box cloud content manager integration in Azure since the summer. The company announced a partnership with Box in June. An announcement in October pegged the integration for a November 1 release and Box using Azure is now finally available in US data centers.

In addition, users can take advantage of the Box add-on packages directly in Azure. This includes the necessary governance to match organizational security requirements and compliance standards.

California-based Box offers cloud content management and file sharing service for enterprise customers. The company is already a long-time partner of Microsoft. It has been applying its solutions to the Windows platform as a Windows 8 and Windows 10 app.

Box integration has since extended to several other Microsoft services. This includes integration with Office 365, Intune, Active Directory, and Microsoft Teams.

At the time of the announcement, Scott Guthrie, executive VP of Cloud and Enterprise, said Box was equally committed to helping companies digitize. By partnering with Azure, customers will now have more intelligent cloud options.

“Box Skills brings together Box’s cloud content management and Microsoft Azure’s industry leading AI services to deliver intelligent insights for customers,” said Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division. “We’re excited to see how the general availability of Box using Azure, that starts November 1st, will help benefit customers in their digital transformation journey.”

Features

Box using Azure gives business cloud customers the ability to:

  • “Simplify secure, cross-company collaborative processes between employees and external stakeholders. With integrations for Office 365 and over 2000 best of breed SaaS apps, Box using Azure can centrally manage content for these applications while allowing users to work with their familiar productivity and line-of-business tools.
  • Bring Box cloud content management capabilities to their own applications to quickly build engaging digital experiences with content for their employees, customers and partners.
  • Use advanced AI and machine learning techniques, such as Video Indexer from Microsoft Cognitive Services, to extract rich information and allow the system to automatically identify and categorize content, trigger workflows and tasks, to make content more discoverable for users and allow the system to automatically identify and categorize content. [coming soon]
  • Leverage Azure’s broad global footprint to meet data sovereignty requirements and ensure compliance with industry regulations or corporate policies. [coming soon]”