Adds Text Search Function

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-03-25 Print this article Print
 , a company providing online content storage and collaboration solutions, is adding a full-text search function for its line of applications. Google, DropBox and other companies big and small have been exploring the online file and storage service space as a viable competitive arena., which provides online content storage and collaboration solutions, announced on March 24 a new full-text search function for its line of applications, allowing users to scour their networks via an integrated search bar for relevant documents and information. In doing so, the company adds its own contribution to enterprise search.

Enterprise search has been the subject of increased focus by many IT vendors, which have been developing applications to scour end users' sometimes-sprawling networks. However, despite the solutions on the market, many companies still express frustration over their ability to find information within their internal ecosystem.

"In an enterprise context, there's a lot of complexity around enterprise search," Jen Grant, vice president of marketing for, said in an interview. "Our customers already have their files on Box, so when you talk about search in that context, you're talking about an enterprise search solution.

"Collaboration space is a key focus for us," Grant added. "As in, moving away from just storage and really fleshing things out to make the collaboration workspace as useful as possible."

The search function is included in the business version of, which costs $15 per user per month.

On Feb. 4, took steps toward becoming a sturdier content management provider for the enterprise by adding profiles, discussion groups, bookmarks and other social computing features.

The startup is an IT solution for small to midsize businesses that aren't in the market for IBM Lotus Connections, IBM Lotus Quickr or Microsoft SharePoint.

Users on a system have profiles that store their e-mail address and other information; in addition, users can create bookmarks, see what projects other users are working on or start discussions over work-related issues. currently has more than 2 million users.

The online file and storage service space is seen as a viable competitive environment by a number of companies, including smaller entities such as DropBox, and larger concerns such as Google, which is currently rumored to be working on a Gdrive that will store a user's data entirely online.

Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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