Box thinks it may have cracked online collaboration at last

Cloud storage provider Box has unveiled a new virtual whiteboard and online collaboration tool called Box Canvas, designed for organizations that have adopted a hybrid working model.

With Box Canvas, hybrid teams can securely connect online and brainstorm, brainstorm, and create together from anywhere. The new visual whiteboard tool will be available to all Box users at no additional cost later this year, and the company plans to showcase it at its upcoming Box Content Cloud Summit.

Box Product Manager Diego Dugatkin explained in a press release how Box Canvas is the perfect collaboration tool for hybrid working, saying:

“With approximately 70% of companies in the US and Europe planning to establish a hybrid work environment, it’s clear that the future of work is here. This new way of working requires tools that go beyond static document types and traditional communication styles to be more dynamic and fluid. Box takes collaboration to the next level with Box Canvas. Our goal is to unleash the power of creativity so teams can solve complex problems, nurture new ideas, and create new ways of working together from anywhere.

Collaboration with Box Canvas

While just over two-thirds (67%) of Fortune 500 companies already use Box Content Cloud to manage, share, secure and collaborate on content both internally and externally with customers and partners, Box Canvas will provide organizations with a new visual collaboration tool built-in to Box’s platform.

Box Canvas makes it quick and easy to get started with pre-made templates and the ability to alert collaborators in real time with notifications and @mentions. Internal and external collaborators will also have access to an unlimited number of canvases to brainstorm, regardless of their location or time zone.

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When it comes to brainstorming in Box Canvas, users will be able to work the way they want with free-form drawings and text, diagrams, wireframes, and process flows using visuals such as shapes and connectors. However, they will even be able to create slides and organize meetings and workshops directly from the new tool.

Possible use cases for Box Canvas include marketing teams conducting interactive workshops for their next campaign, product teams mapping and visualizing each step of a logical flow for a new app or product, user experience teams scripting a user onboarding experience, sales teams creating interactive sales dashboards, presentations and account maps, and HR teams delivering hands-on training and more engaging onboarding sessions.

Box Canvas is expected to be generally available to all Box users in the fall of this year, and the company also plans to add additional features to its whiteboard and collaboration tool in the future.

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