Box Brings ‘Like’ Button to Cloud Storage Service

By Cameron Scott 

At Box’s conference today, CEO Aaron Levie announced that the cloud storage company would add social features, including collaborative editing and a “like” button on files.

Enterprise software may seem like an odd place for a “like” button, but Box sees it as “the easiest way to note approval or just tell a coworker you like the work they’ve done,” according to a blog post.

Box is also launching collaborative editing for all users after a successful beta test. Users can edit files directly from the Box preview page using editing programs installed on their machines. They can also create new Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without leaving Box. Files can be locked to prevent others from editing simultaneously.

If Box Edit sounds a lot like Google Docs — at least before the simultaneous editing features Google launched at its conference in June — it’s no coincidence. Box recently hired as its vice president of engineering Sam Schillace, who founded Writerly, which became the basis for Google Docs when the Mountain View giant bought the company.

The new features will roll out over the next few weeks, according to the blog post.