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TWO-DAY REMINDER: The All New Box Becomes Default

7/11/2017

July 13, TWO DAYS from today, the all new Box becomes the default version of U-M Box. We encourage you to review the U-M Box website for information on the new version, including a side-by-side comparison to the old one.

If you want to switch to the new version now, turn it on at umich.box.com/on/allnewbox.

U-M Box June Summary

REMINDER: The All New Box Becomes Default

7/6/2017

July 13, ONE WEEK from today, the all new Box becomes the default version of U-M Box. We encourage you to review the U-M Box website for information on the new version, including a side-by-side comparison to the old one.

If you want to switch to the new version now, turn it on at umich.box.com/on/allnewbox.

Announcing Box Drive!

6/14/2017

Box Drive (formerly Box for Desktop) public beta is now available! Box Drive gives you access to your files on Box, streaming them to your desktop—even terabytes of data—without putting them on your hard drive. Box Drive works as a folder on your desktop that allows you to access files stored in Box just like files actually stored on your computer.

MiWorkspace managed devices: Box Drive will be available when the production version is released. MiWorkspace recommends not installing the Box Drive beta at this time. Any need to be a Box Drive early adopter should be directed to the ITS Service Center to discuss beta software risks and the requirements of Box Drive on a MiWorkspace managed device.

Important: If you use Box Sync, make sure to uninstall it prior to installing Box Drive. Using both at the same time is not supported and is known to cause problems. Box Sync will eventually be retired.

So, why use Box Drive?

What does "public beta" mean?

There's more functionality in development so Box chose to take a more conservative release approach. Please report any issues to the ITS Service Center so that we can report them to Box on behalf of the University.

Beginning today, Box Drive is available in the Box Apps.

Visit the Box Drive Public Beta Resource Center and learn about installing and using Box Drive.

Do not use Box Drive if you need offline access to your files. Offline access will be available after the beta.

The All New Box Becomes Default

6/13/2017

On September 26, 2016 we announced the new and remodeled U-M Box. Since then, it has remained an option alongside the older version. We also mentioned that this new version would become the default as the older one is retired. Well, the time has come! On July 13, the all new Box will replace the older version of U-M Box. If you want to switch to the new version now, turn it on at umich.box.com/on/allnewbox.

A side-by-side comparison of the old and new versions and some short support videos are linked on the U-M Box website.

U-M Box May Summary

6/6/2017

Box and Older Operating Systems

5/31/2107

Have you ever been told how important it is to keep your operating system up-to-date? We hear it constantly for online security, but it is also important to keep apps working as they should. For example, one issue we often get calls about is Box Edit not working. Box Edit (and many other Box apps) don't work on older operating systems. Box officially supports the latest two versions of Windows and OSX. More information on OS and browser support is on the Box Community site.

Recents in New Box UI

4/26/2017

The new Box user interface has been rolling out new improvements to make working in Box easier for everyone. One of the newest features is the Recents view. This new view is located in the left-hand toolbar with the All Files and Favorites views, among others.

Clicking on the Recents view takes you to a screen showing the most recent files you have viewed. This new feature helps you find documents or files you were working on more quickly to save you time. You can even set Recents to be your default home page. Look for it in your Account Settings.

U-M Box and U-M Google at Enriching Scholarship

4/25/2017

Each year the Collaboration Services team participates in Enriching Scholarship hosted by the Teaching and Technology Collaborative. This year we're preparing four sessions. Please register and join us when you can! Even if there is a waitlist, register in case others drop a session.

Our sessions are:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder: Box Ended Support for IE9 & IE10

4/21/2017

Last September, Box discontinued support for Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) & 10 (IE10), including any version of compatibility mode that represents IE9 or IE10, in alignment with Microsoft's support cycle for these products. This means that usage of these browsers poses a security risk since these browsers will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft. As of January, 2016, Microsoft stopped supporting IE9 & IE10 for the Windows operating systems that Box supports (Windows 7, Windows 8 (64-bit only) and Windows 10) and will no longer release security updates making these browsers vulnerable to attacks. (e.g. IE9 doesn't support policies such as CSP). Microsoft supports Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) on Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

Why was support ended for IE9 & IE10? There are several reasons:

Currently, users who try to access Box on either of these unsupported browsers (including on the associated compatibility modes for these browsers) are presented with an in-app banner notifying them that they are no longer using a supported browser and need to upgrade. This started happening early February 2017.

Starting in early May 2017, users who try to access Box on either of these unsupported browsers (including on the associated compatibility modes for these browsers and/or if IE11 is manually set to run as IE9 or IE10) will be blocked entirely from Box until they have upgraded to a supported browser.

If you are a frequent IE9 or IE10 user, we highly encourage you to either upgrade or switch to a Box supported browser. You can find all the supported browsers here. Please note that we cannot selectively disable the banner or block for enterprises.

Search for Box Notes

4/5/2017

Box made it easier to find Box Notes! In the Box Notes web and desktop apps, a search icon is now at the top of the left side menu. It opens a text field to search the entire U-M Box domain. Any matching Notes that you have access to appear in the search results within Box Notes.

U-M Box March Updates

4/4/2017

Below is the March installment of the U-M Box Monthly Updates:

U-M Box folder invitation links will stop being supported in early May 2017. The folder invitation link will disappear from the folder settings page and existing folder invitation links will stop working.

Users will be able to have similar functionality with shared links. Shared links can be used as invitation links by enabling the setting Allow anyone who can access this folder from a shared link to join as a collaborator on the folder settings page. If you have shared folder invitation links outside of Box, you should replace them with shared links before early May 2017.

Note: This does not impact normal Shared Links. This is referring to a very specific "Invitation Link."

Box Folder Invitation Links Deprecated

3/16/2017

U-M Box folder invitation links will stop being supported in early May 2017. The folder invitation link will disappear from the folder settings page and existing folder invitation links will stop working.

Users will be able to have similar functionality with shared links. Shared links can be used as invitation links by enabling the setting: Allow anyone who can access this folder from a shared link to join as a collaborator on the folder settings page. If you have shared folder invitation links outside of Box, you should replace them with shared links before early May 2017.

U-M Box December 2016 and January 2017 Updates

2/3/2017

Below is the December 2016 and January 2017 installment of the U-M Box Monthly Updates:

U-M Box By The Numbers

2/1/2017

M+Box Accounts/Storage/Collaborations Graph

M+Box by the numbers as of January 13, 2017

Active Accounts 72,234 GBs Stored 421,364 Collaborations 478,750

New Box Notes Functionality in the Webapp and on the Desktop

1/27/2017

Box recently announced an improved version of Box Notes for web and a brand new desktop app. If you're unfamiliar with Box Notes, it's a note-taking app built in to Box that enables teams to easily work together and share ideas.

With Box Notes, it's simple and easy to create meeting notes, share status updates and plan projects together—and have it instantly available on all your devices.

Get an overview of key features and capabilities in this quick summary datasheet.

Ready to try it out? Watch this video walkthrough to get started.

Box Names Synced with Preferred Name

1/17/2017

The account provisioning process from MCommunity to Box is being updated. During this update, the name displayed by U-M Box will be synced with the preferred name in Wolverine Access. This overwrites your name in U-M Box if you have manually changed it. Please update your U-M Preferred Name in Wolverine Access to the name you wish to use to prevent this from happening with any future syncing activities.

Learn more about the U-M Preferred Name Policy and Your Directory Entry.

Have You Tried the New Box?

1/16/2017

First announced in September, Box has been remodeled! You may have noticed a prompt in Box to try out the new version.

Launch the New Box Experience

Check it out. We don't yet know the exact date, but sometime this spring Box will roll this out as the default version. If you missed the prompt, you can turn on the new version at umich.box.com/on/allnewbox.

Want to learn more?

If you are already in the new version of Box, you will see this menu on the left side of the window:

New Box Left Menu

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