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Box vs SharePoint: What are the differences?

Developers describe Box as "Build Innovative Applications on Box". The Box API gives you access to the content management features you see in our web app and lets you extend them for use in your own app. It strives to be RESTful and is organized around the main resources you’re familiar with from the Box web interface. On the other hand, SharePoint is detailed as "Content collaboration for the modern workplace". It empowers teamwork with dynamic and productive team sites for every project team, department, and division. Share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to empower teamwork, quickly find information, and seamlessly collaborate across the organization.

Box and SharePoint can be categorized as "File Storage" tools.

Some of the features offered by Box are:

  • Enterprise-grade file sharing
  • Native mobile apps
  • File sharing links

On the other hand, SharePoint provides the following key features:

  • Authentication
  • Business Intelligence
  • Web Content Management

LinkedIn, Pandora, and Anaplan are some of the popular companies that use Box, whereas SharePoint is used by Schlumberger, Tzunami, and Sope. Box has a broader approval, being mentioned in 40 company stacks & 13 developers stacks; compared to SharePoint, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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Pros of Box
Pros of Microsoft SharePoint
  • 8
    Easy to work with
  • 6
    Shared file hosting
  • 6
    Great API
  • 5
    Ability to see who has downloaded the file you sent
  • 4
    No brainer
  • 4
    Integration with external services
  • 3
    Great web UI
  • 3
  • 2
    Custom branding
  • 2
  • 1
    Clean Interface
  • 2
    Great online support
  • 1
  • 1
    Perfect version control
  • 1
    Stable Platform
  • 1
    Seamless intergration with MS Office

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Cons of Box
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    • 2
      Rigid, hard to add external applicaions
    • 1
      User interface. Steep learning curve, old-fashioned

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