How To: Set Up a Box Account for Windows and Android Part 1 – Windows
Written by Alan Thursday, 26 January 2012 07:00
Box, formerly known as Box.net, has become a premiere storage location on the web. There are many places that users can store their files in the cloud, such as SkyDrive and Dropbox, but everyone seems to settle on one particular service depending on need, usage, and pricing; or simply by sticking with a service because it was the first they heard about.
Box is available for both personal and business use, and it’s surprisingly popular with some very large companies. In fact, Box claims they are being used by 82% of the Fortunes 500 companies, which is a staggering number, especially since Box seems to get less attention in the tech world than other rival services. Like many of today’s cloud file storage services, Box has many mobile options and is very easy to set up.
The easiest way to get started in on your computer. In this case I am using Windows 7 and I will just point my browser to the Box web site. A personal use Box account is free and includes anywhere from 5 GB up to 50 GB of storage and file size limits from 25 MB to 1 GB, as well as access via a mobile app. Once you have signed up for an account and received your confirmation email you can log in and get started.
The main interface is pretty basic. Your files, once you have added some, will be front and center. The right column has options for uploading and sharing, creating folders, inviting people to collaborate on documents, and more.
First we will need to create a folder, so let’s click either the “Create a new folder” option from the right column, seen above, or click the “New” button and choose “New folder”. Notice you can also create a web document , Google Doc, or Google Spreadsheet.
Name your new folder and it will appear on the main files area of your user interface. Now lets add a document to the new folder. Again there two places you can click – the “Upload and share files” link on the right or “Upload” button above the files area. You can then browse to a file anywhere on your PC or network, click to hightlight it, then click “Open” and the file will automatically upload to the Box cloud.
You can now email a link to the file to someone or invite others to work on the document with you. You can right-click the file to get a list of options that includes download it, uploading a newer version, tagging it, deleting it, and more.
The top menu, which by default puts you on “Files” also allows you to add “Contacts”, view your recent “Updates”, handle your “Account”, and, the most important thing in today’s world, get “Apps” – both mobile and others, such as a Google Docs plug-in, Box for Office, Box for iOS, or many more.
Box is one of the most popular and fully-featured cloud programs in the world today. As you can see from the above tutorial it’s very simple to setup and use and it brings the cloud to the average user. Next time we will look at accessing that cloud from an Android device.