Box, the online file sharing and cloud storage service provider, will most likely be among the first of third-party services to feature a Windows 8 Metro-style app. Even more interesting is Techland’s claim that Box is preparing to launch its own Windows 8 Metro-Style app, obviously to offer cloud storage. The app that Box is working on was apparently demoed in beta at the CTIA Wireless show this week. According to Jared Newman of Techland, Box’s app for Windows 8 is still in development with glitches here and there, but added that it has all the features you’d expect in a Windows 8 cloud storage app.
The app is also reported to allow users to share links to files via email or social networks. Simon Tan, the mobile product manager of Box, said that the final version of the app will be available once Windows 8 arrives, although they might release an earlier version for the Windows 8 Release Preview. “Unlike Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Box’s Windows 8 app emphasizes sharing and collaboration in addition to personal storage. The app also has a built-in photo viewer, but can open files in other apps when appropriate, such as Windows 8’s native document reader for PDF files,” Newman said.