M+Box Updates

Join the M+Box Updates MCommunity group to receive important news.

Modification for Comments in Preview


As we announced in March, Box recently redesigned Preview in the Box web application. Along with that redesign, Box is also modifying the way users leave comments. In the new interface, users who can view and add comments have that ability from Preview mode only. Comments can no longer be added directly from the sub-folder and "all files" pages. Users can leave a comment on a file by clicking the comment bubble icon, which will open Box Preview and provide access to Comments and Tasks.

Check out the before and after experience for comments in Preview.

Winners of the M+Box 50K Contest


The M+Box team is very happy to announce the winners of the M+Box 50K Contest:

Case studies of the top three winning submissions and honorable mentions will be posted to the the Case Studies section of the M+Box site over the next several weeks. In addition to bragging rights, the top three winning entries will also receive some great Box SWAG and a Computer Showcase Gift Certificate.

We received 39 outstanding entries. Our judges from the ITS Collaboration Services team and the Collaboration Services Advisory Group had a difficult time narrowing the field down. We will post the winners on our contest site page soon. We are also planning a follow-up article in the May issue of the Michigan IT CIO Newsletter.

A sincere thank you to everyone who took part in the contest! We appreciate your ongoing support of M+Box at U-M.

M+Box by the Numbers: March 2015


M+Box Accounts/Storage/Collaborations Graph

M+Box by the numbers as of March 27, 2015

Accounts 51,420 GBs Stored 79,557
External Collaborators 16,220 Collaborations 218,969

REMINDER: April 22 Deadline for the M+Box 50K Contest!


Do you have a cool way that you or your unit uses M+Box?

M+Box recently hit 50,000 active accounts and we're celebrating! Use this form to describe a clever way you've used Box or how it's made it easier for you to get work done. (NOTE: You must be logged in with your UMICH [level 1] account to access the form.) We'll write up the best examples and feature them in the Case Studies section of the M+Box site.

But wait... there's more...

In addition to bragging rights, you could also win some awesome Box SWAG and a Computer Showcase Gift Certificate:

(NOTE: If you have already submitted a case study you can still enter using the same example. Please provide any updates or new information that might be of interest to users.)

The deadline for entry is Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Before submitting an entry be sure to visit our contest page on the M+Box site to find out about eligibility, judging criteria, announcement of winners, and more.

Good luck!

Med Email Addresses Automatically Added to M+Box Accounts


On Wednesday, April 8, ITS made a change to M+Box that automatically adds @med.umich.edu email addresses to accounts that

If your account fits the description above, you will receive an email from Box (noreply@box.com) saying "Email successfully added to your Box account" the first time you login to M+Box with Single Sign On. No further action is required.

The primary email address for all M+Box users will always be @umich.edu. It is the address you will use to login, the address collaborators will see and where all Box notifications will be sent. However, this change allows colleagues to send invitations to collaborate to @med.umich.edu email addresses as well.

In the last few days, some Med M+Box users might have also received an email stating "Email address removed from your Box account." This message resulted from issues that arose as ITS was implementing the change and does not require any action from the user. See the ITS status page for details.

We believe this change will make using M+Box easier for members of the U-M Med community. Please contact the ITS Service Center if you have any feedback, questions, or concerns.

M+Box Monthly Updates: 50K Contest, Print Box Notes, Folder Improvements and More!


Here is what happened in March:

Free Box Courses


We've recently added the free Box University courses to the Collaboration Training & Event Calendar. Be sure to check out the calendar and register for one of the free courses.

Keep in mind that the times you'll see when actually register for classes are Pacific time zone.

Updates on the M+Box site: new Best Practices for External Users page and a new Box Notes video


We've recently added the Best Practices for External Users page to M+Box to help our users ensure success when inviting external collaborators. Take some time to review this page and in order to help those you collaborate with know what to expect from you and from Box. Also check out the new Box Notes video posted on the front page of M+Box to learn more about simultaneous editing in Box Notes.

New Version of Box Edit


Box will be releasing a new version of Box Edit to address issues that could arise due to Google phasing out the Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI) in newer versions of the Chrome Browser. Existing Box Edit applications will auto-update to v3. The new version of Box Edit will not impact existing functionality or change expected behavior. For more information on Box Edit, including links to the new installers for Mac and Windows, read this overview and FAQ from Box.

MiWorkspace Mac users should have been prompted to update and can also choose to install the updated version at any time through the Managed Software Center. MiWorkspace Windows users with Box Edit installed will be updated automatically when the new version has been packaged and tested. Other Windows users who would like to get this software on their machine can submit a request via the ITS Service Center.

Help us celebrate! M+Box reaches 50k active users


M+Box recently reached a huge milestone: 50,000 active accounts! What better way to celebrate than to give away some great prizes including Computer Showcase Gift Certificates and cool Box SWAG?

Interested? Use this form to describe a clever way you've used Box or how it's made it easier for you to get work done, whether by yourself or when collaborating with others. (NOTE: You must be logged in with your UMICH [level 1] account to access the form.) Each entry must describe one application of M+Box. If you use it in several different ways, please submit a separate entry for each application or use case.

Eligibility: Current U-M students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate, including temporary employees. (NOTE: Bargained-for staff may enter and receive Box SWAG, but are not eligible to receive gift certificates.)

Deadline for entry: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Judging criteria:

The ITS Collaboration Services team and the Collaboration Services Advisory Group will judge entries and select three winners by Wednesday, April 29. We will notify winners directly as well as post their names on the M+Box site and through our other usual communication channels.

Good luck!

Redesigned Preview in the Box Web Application


Coming later this month, Box will redesign the content Preview interface in the web application and the Box Embed widget. Check out these screenshots for an early look at the Preview changes. You can test the new preview experience in advance by activating the feature. After trying it out, you can deactivate the change if you choose.

The new Preview experience will roll out to everyone in the coming weeks.

M+Box Monthly Updates: News on Box Sync, Office 365, iOS App and More!


Here is what happened in February:

EOL for "All Tags" Feature in Box


Box has issued an End-of-Life notice for the "All Tags" filter feature in Box to take effect on March 30, 2015. Users will no longer see "All Tags" in the tag filter list or when adding a new tag.

All Tags Filter

Workarounds for users include having the tag show up in "My tags" when adding or filtering by tags:

For more information on using tags, see Tagging Content in Box.

M+Box by the Numbers: January 2015


M+Box Accounts/Storage/Collaborations Graph

M+Box by the numbers as of Januray 2, 2015

Accounts 49,277 GBs Stored 74,091
External Collaborators 14,808 Collaborations 195,733

Box Notes Updates


As you may have read in our January Monthly Updates Box has made improvements to Box Notes functionality. Included in the recent update is more support for tables, version history, and uploading images. Version history changes include a new saved versions ability. Roughly every 5 minutes, or after 5 minutes of inactivity, users can access past versions by hovering over "Saved" in the toolbar and clicking "Show Version history". See Box Notes Overview and FAQ for more information on Box Notes.

Box Notes Functionality

M+Box Monthly Updates: Changes to Office PowerPoint in Box Preview


Here is what happened in January:

New Box Course Available On lynda.com


A new Box course, Box OneCloud Apps for Mobile Productivity, is now being offered on lynda.com. A previous course, Up and Running with Box, is also available. More lynda.com courses about Box should be coming soon.

Faculty and regular staff on all U-M campuses and the Health System have access to thousands of lynda.com courses on business, software, technology, and creative skills at no cost to users. U-M students and temporary staff are not eligible for access. More information about agreement terms and login instructions are available online.

M+Box Tip: Disable Notification for Folders


One of our favorite things on the M+Box team is hearing from the U-M community about how they are using M+Box at work, including tips and tricks they've learned. Recently, we got a great M+Box tip from Kellie Brown and Kim Wooton from ITS, who showed us how to suppress change notifications to a Box folder.

Owners and co-owners of a folder can suppress all notifications on a folder by clicking the More Options drop-down next to the appropriate folder on the All Files page (or from within a folder) then click Properties > Email Options.

Once the Folder Properties window options, click the Disable notifications for this folder checkbox to suppress all notifications on a folder. Once selected, no one will receive email notifications about changes to this folder.

Folder Properties - Email Security

Folder Properties - Updates Disabled

This is great knowledge to have as we all know how annoying constant email notification can be. If you've got tips you use with M+Box, please take a few minutes and share with the community. It's something we will all benefit from!

Box File Size Update


Good news! You can now upload files of up to 15GB into Box, up from the previous 10GB limit. See below for more details:

System Requirements

Known Issues

Box Ending Support for MS Office 2007


As we announced in September, Box is ending support for all Box for Office 2007 integrations for Windows users. All Windows users must upgrade to the new version of Box for Office integration before January 31.

Instructions for Individuals

NOTE: Box for Office requires Windows 7 or higher, Office 2010 or higher, and administrative rights for installation.

Instructions for IT Staff

More information for IT staff

For additional information and documentation, please see Box for Office Desktop Integrations and the Office 2007 EOL notice.

M+Box Monthly Updates: December


Previous M+Box Updates »