Box.net, is a cloud storage business similar to that of Dropbox. There is a major difference, however. Box.net offers collaboration features such as file sharing, editing, presentations, and comments. In addition, users have the options of integrating Salesforce and Google Apps with their accounts. Even if a company or user have custom apps, they can use Box's API to integrate Box support and collaboration. The company has added file syncing as well. The company is highly geared towards business users, so the announcement made today makes sense. Box is partnering with HP, the world's largest PC maker, to provide cloud storage for select HP Business PCs.
There are two offers on the table for those who are looking to buy an HP PC. Users can take advantage of the offers via hp.com/go/box through their Smart Buy program. The first offer is for those who buy a HP Compaq Pro 6005 or 6200 series PC. Users that buy these PCs will receive 10 GB of Box storage for free, which is twice the amount of storage free users normally get. In addition, users will get a option to buy additional storage at reduced annual rates.
There is a second offer for those who buy HP Elite 8200 PCs. Users who select an HP PC from this series will receive a Box account with unlimited storage and sync at no cost for one year. For those who take advantage of either offer, it must be done within 60 days of PC purchase.