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Definition: box

(1) An input area. See field.

(2) See set-top box.

(3) Slang for computer. The term typically refers to a personal computer in a desktop or tower case. For example, the phrase "that's a nice Windows box" simply means a "fully equipped or well-made computer running the Windows operating system."

(4) (Box) A cloud storage service from Box, Los Altos, CA (www.box.com) that is used to share files between desktop computers and mobile devices. Introduced in 2005, the service comes in free and paid versions. The OpenBox programming interface (API) enables applications to work with files stored in the Box cloud, and apps from Box and third parties are available. For example, Box Edit lets users modify content directly from the native applications stored in their computers, such as Excel and Photoshop.

Sophisticated Collaboration and Notifications
Box excels in helping account administrators manage the service. For example, when Box admins send invitations to a user to review files in the cloud, they are notified when the user has downloaded them. See cloud storage.

Box Options
Box provides numerous options including notifying users that recipients downloaded the files offered to them.