During its developer conference back in April, Microsoft pitched its Windows Universal app strategy to developers, as being the experience-bridge between screens for consumers. With each passing day, we’re seeing Windows developers slowly embrace the universal app approach, and today we’re adding enterprise focused cloud-storage provider, Box to the list.
Thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Universal app design platform, Box was able to merge its previous 2012 efforts for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 into a single app that works across various devices.
The new app provides benefits for both Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile devices such as:
- Manage content across devices: Users have a seamless content experience across all of their Windows PCs, tablets, and phones
- Share files with anyone: Simply send shared links for a specific file or folder from the app without having to deal with large attachments
- Preview Office content easily: Preview a variety of different file types including Office files, PDFs, images and more in the app without every having to download the content to your device
- Create and collaborate on Office files: The app integrates with the Windows file picker so users can create and edit Office files such as Word, PowerPoint, or Excel and have those changes saved directly back to Box
- Receive updates in real-time: You can work on Office files right from the app and get updates on changes with the newly enhanced Windows notification center
- Multitask and use Box whenever you need it: Work on Box and other apps side by side with the Windows 10 multitasking feature – resize Box to make it as big or small as you need
- Quickly find your favorites: Pin certain Box files and favorites right to your Start screen using Windows 10 Live Tiles so you can quickly access them whenever you need to
While Microsoft’s Windows Universal app strategy may not be a runaway success, the steady stream of developers retrofitting, reintroducing and specifically designing Windows 10 apps is welcomed start.