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We performed a comparison between Box and Office 365 based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Content Collaboration Platforms solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Box vs. Office 365 report (Updated: September 2022).
634,550 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Box is very realistic when it comes to sharing capabilities.""Box is extremely stable, they have not been hacked or lost any data in the past seventeen years. I am very impressed with it.""We've never had a penetration. We've never had a security issue that their support didn't solve. We love their audit trail. We can know exactly when a collaborator opens. We love how you can define a collaborator.""It is a very user-friendly product.""The collaboration of the solution is good.""I like the ease of use.""It is really easy to load files to and from this solution.""You can upload your bin, upload your files quickly, and download your files quickly. It provides a lot of other alternatives."

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"It has more features than somebody would expect, and it is worth taking a deeper look into the features available.""The way the ERP presents information for the user is very good.""The most valuable feature of Office 365 is automatic saving. If something happens on the computer your work is saved.""We use it for documentation management, to collaborate with Microsoft Teams, web calls, web conference calls, chats, and as a documentation repository mainly. We have an Office pack suite to be able to write documentation, make spreadsheets, and create PowerPoints.""The most innovative feature of Office 365 is the Power Apps, which allows us to automate literally everything that we want automated. For example, sending attachments to specific folders on SharePoint, adding people's SharePoint when certain apps are performed, or emailing certain people at certain instances, such as when you've done a follow-up with the CRM and you need a marketing email to be sent out at a particular point.""There's a lot there in terms of apps and features.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration.""It's inexpensive to license."

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Cons
"They could integrate better with other platforms.""With OneDrive, you can continuously save your files over a Box folder. That is something I wish we could have.""The search features and role permissions are not very user friendly. It only searches the first few pages of a document, which is quite a problem.""I recommend doing the trial first, because it's not cheap ware. It's not overly expensive, but it's not cheap ware, and enterprise has a minimum number of users.""If there was a plugin that added some sort of toolbar in Office, that would be great.""One thing that Box would benefit from is a records management component.""I don't like the low level of role-based security it provides – it's very cumbersome, and the support is ordinary at times.""If you want to delete something in Box, you have to do it manually, one by one. That was my recent experience. They might have a bulk delete, but I could not find that option. If you want to delete something, you have to go to each and every file and delete it."

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"Sometimes the configurations of the error troubleshooting are pretty problematic and there are a lot of issues that happen even if you follow the step-by-step guides. They can work on fixing this issue. If there are a lot of issues in your Windows or your Office or anything, you restart your PC and it works. They need to get rid of this need.""It could be more user-friendly for inexperienced people.""As a private user, I do not appreciate the cloud features, but I doubt that this is something Microsoft would consider a feature request.""Normally, they have a way to work with specific developments, and I think they shouldn't allow the partners to make some changes they have made. When I have a client with a lot of changes, we have a problem with that because there aren't rules to develop inside the ERP, so you can do anything.""I would like to see better integration with Teams, and better usability with SharePoint.""Microsoft Word is a little bit left behind regarding the tools it has.""Performance-wise, Office 365 needs a lot of bandwidth. The problem is, the solution requires very high bandwidth and internet usage. Meaning, the desktop application consumes a lot of internet data. Sometimes, when the connection is slow, it won't work and it won't load. This is an area for improvement for Office 365.""I rate the support of Office 365 a four out of five."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I believe Box is cheaper than SharePoint."
  • "They are very price competitive when pushed. Initially, they come out with a standard list price, but they are willing to be very competitive. The Box price was pretty much equal to or lower than the Citrix price, and Box has more features."
  • "There's a free version that allows you to use it with almost full-feature access. Even in the free version, it gives you all you need."
  • "We are using the free version of the solution. There is a free version and monthly and yearly subscriptions available."
  • "Box needs to improve with their pricing in terms of licensing costs."
  • "My organization pays for the license."
  • "The more you dig, the deeper the level of tools, and the more expensive it becomes."
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  • "Most of the time, we purchase Microsoft Exchange licenses, which are less expensive and provide only an email platform and 50 gigabytes of email storage for free."
  • "We have a license to use this solution. We have an E3 license which covers many different solutions."
  • "I would rate the solution 3 out of 5 for the price. I think Microsoft presents a good solution concerning the price."
  • "For the moment, we are paying on a monthly basis because we are still adapting the support and how we want to proceed. I think we will move to paying for the annual license."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a monthly basis, or we prepay them."
  • "The price of Office 365 is very expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is a very user-friendly product.
    Top Answer:I don't have any information in regards to licensing.
    Top Answer:What I get from some of the feedback is they're not sure about the versioning and the downloading, how you download it, and make sure the changes are reflected back in Box. That's more of a training… more »
    Top Answer:Quarantine email alerts to users to allow the email to their inbox (tricky but handy) - tricky if one doesn't have third-party email security, handy if one has got good third party email security).
    Top Answer:Pricing and licensing are not an issue with Microsoft - they offer good prices for any subscription. Migrating from other solutions like IBM Domino (NSF format emails) is tricky because Microsoft… more »
    Top Answer:Data protection and email security are almost the same for all the organizations, irrespective of their segment (SMB or enterprises), with standard subscription at least basic Data loss prevention and… more »
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    5,608
    Reviews
    11
    Average Words per Review
    458
    Rating
    8.4
    Views
    4,849
    Comparisons
    3,757
    Reviews
    16
    Average Words per Review
    574
    Rating
    8.3
    Comparisons
    SharePoint logo
    Compared 33% of the time.
    Microsoft OneDrive logo
    Compared 14% of the time.
    Dropbox logo
    Compared 9% of the time.
    Citrix ShareFile logo
    Compared 6% of the time.
    IBM FileNet logo
    Compared 4% of the time.
    Also Known As
    Microsoft Office 365, Office 365 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 F1
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    Overview
    Box is a Modern Content Management Platform for companies of all sizes and industries. The difference that Box brings is that it offers the security and controls admins need with the sharing and collaboration capabilities end users want. Since 2005, Box has made it easier for people to securely share ideas, collaborate and get work done faster. Today, more than 43 million users and 62,000 businesses--including 59% of the Fortune 500--trust Box to manage content in the cloud. The Box platform provides HIPAA, FINRA, FedRAMP, and many other compliances to go with granular access permissions and advanced security capabilities. By using Box you can sync, share, and collaborate on all types of files, anywhere, on any device - but that's just the beginning. You can choose where to store your data, to manage your own encryption keys, and set workflows to automate content-based processes. You can also assign custom metadata tags to content, watermark sensitive content, and set file retention or legal hold policies. Box has deep, native integrations with Microsoft Office and Outlook, Google Apps for Work, Salesforce, Netsuite, Docusign, Adobe, and many other best-of-breed solutions you may already be using.

    Office 365 is more than just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It provides powerful services like business-class email, online storage, and teamwork solutions that you can access from anywhere. Bring teams and resources together with solutions like Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business that make working together more productive and enjoyable regardless of where participants are located. Easily implement security and privacy controls to help protect business data and devices against malicious threats and help you meet your compliance obligations. Automatic updates ensure your employees will always have the latest features and security updates.

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    Sample Customers
    GE, Toyota, P&G, Caterpillar, Flex, Schneider Electric, Sally Beauty, Eurostar, AstraZeneca, AirBnB, Whirlpool, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Nationwide, Aeropostale etc
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Non Tech Company28%
    University10%
    Real Estate/Law Firm10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Non Tech Company3%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise28%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Box vs. Office 365
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Box vs. Office 365 and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,550 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Box is ranked 1st in Content Collaboration Platforms with 11 reviews while Office 365 is ranked 3rd in Content Collaboration Platforms with 17 reviews. Box is rated 8.4, while Office 365 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Box writes "Easily collaborate and share information with this feature rich solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Office 365 writes "Great vulnerability insights, offers very impressive cash savings, and offers great information security tools". Box is most compared with SharePoint, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Citrix ShareFile and IBM FileNet, whereas Office 365 is most compared with Amazon WorkDocs, Atlassian Confluence, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox and HCL Verse. See our Box vs. Office 365 report.

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