Extending the Reach of Collaboration in the Cloud

Michael Vizard

Now that more users than ever are taking advantage of services in the cloud to share files, it’s only natural that many of them would want to actually collaborate with each other while sharing those files.

Looking to address that specific issue is Teambox, a provider of task and project management services in the cloud, which today is adding group chat and notes capabilities, along with integration with file sharing services such as Dropbox.com, Box and Google Docs. Originally based in Spain with 200,000 worldwide users, the company is also announcing today that it is moving its headquarters to Palo Alto, Calif., and appointing a new CEO.

According to Teambox CEO Dan Schoenbaum, one of the issues that organizations quickly encounter is that different groups or organizations typically rely on different services. That makes collaboration a challenge across multiple file sharing services. Teambox 4addresses that issue by providing a set of collaboration services that can be simultaneously invoked across multiple services.

As organizations increasingly turn to file sharing services as an alternative to email, many of them are looking to create workflow processes on top of those services. Schoenbaum says Teambox provides the tools needed to construct those workflow processes.

Priced at $5 per user per month, many of the features of Teambox are likely to be provided by any one of the cloud file sharing services. But none of those services are designed to allow people to collaborate across different cloud computing services, which as time goes on is more likely to be the norm than the exception.

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