Box.net has announced they have made some significant changes to the system. Starting today, Box is rolling out full-text search capabilities to a select number of Box business customers. Much like desktop search in Mac OS X, Windows Vista and Google’s Desktop Search, Box’s search engine will now display results based on text content within files stored on Box, including: – Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files – PDF, TXT and CSV files – Box Web Documents – File descriptions added by the user.
The previous search engine only displayed results based on file and folder names and user-assigned tags. They have started testing this with a few customers, including one that has more than 300,000 documents on Box. They will roll full-text search out to all of our business customers over the next few weeks. It’s big news for businesses that want to put their entire file system on Box. Business customers automatically get a complete and integrated search solution without the hassle, high cost, high minimum seat requirements and pre-set document limits common to other enterprise search solutions. Box provides businesses with content management, collaboration and social features and now, full-text search, all in one product. Businesses do not have to buy expensive add-ons or thousands of licenses to get these features, as they would in the case of Microsoft SharePoint.