Box for Windows 8 Overview



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Box for Windows 8 is a native app available on all Windows 8 devices that provides powerful features such as sharing files and folders as links between Windows 8 apps, pinning Live Tiles to your Start screen to see updates on files by colleagues, and navigating large directories with semantic zoom (pinch-and-zoom) to help deliver a best-in-class experience for mobile workers.

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s latest operating system for desktops, laptops and tablets, and includes the ability for a user to toggle between a traditional desktop mode and a new kind of touch-friendly app experience referred to as Windows 8-style (formerly called “Metro”).

How can I get Box for Windows 8?

  • Box for Windows 8 is available as a free download in the Windows Store

How is Box for Window 8 similar to other Box native mobile apps?

  • Similar to the Box apps on Android and iOS, Box for Windows 8 provides the ability to:
    • Access, view, edit, share and manage files
    • Preview more than 100 different types of files automatically
    • Upload multiple images and files
    • Invite colleagues to shared folders and leave comments on files for them
    • Add, delete and change the permission settings of collaborators in folders that you own
    • Find content fast across your entire account with built-in search
    • Manage your files and folders with batch move, copy and delete operations
    • Keep your content safe via security features such as two-factor authentication and admin-controlled settings.

What features are unique to Box for Windows 8?

  • Box for Windows 8 takes advantage of built-in platform functionality to create a deeply integrated experience with the operating system that’s exclusive to Windows 8. These features include:
    • Easily share files and folders as links with the Windows 8 Share Charm
    • Save files from other apps to your Box account and access Box files from within other apps using the Windows 8 File Picker
    • Pin Live Tiles to your Start screen to see updates on files by colleagues – with this feature, users can pin a file or folder onto their home screen and see when there are edits or comments made on it
    • Navigate large directories with Semantic Zoom –users can pinch and zoom to get a summary of large folders, instead of scrolling for long periods of time
    • Quickly access the All Files page with a navigation bar that appears when you swipe from the top
    • Slideshow viewer for folders with pictures

Is Box for Windows 8 different than Box for Windows Phone?

  • Yes. Windows 8 is Microsoft’s operating system for desktops, laptops and tablets, while Windows Phone is exclusively an operating system for phones.
  • Box for Windows Phone is available on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

What do I need to know about logging in or signing up? 

  • As of version 2.1, users will sign up and log in to Box for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps through OAuth2, which we now utilize across all Box apps.
  • This update logs users out and requires re-authentication across Windows devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone).
  • For information on how to integrate with Box, visit our OAuth 2.0 documentation.

What languages are supported on Box for Windows 8?

  • Arabic
  • German
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (UK)
  • English (US)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish

What types of files can I preview on the app?

How do I pin a Box live tile to my Start screen?

  • The Box app tile is pinned upon installation, but you can always pin it from the “All Apps” page of the Windows 8 Start screen by selecting it (right-click or swipe downwards) and choosing “Pin to Start.” For the maximum amount of viewable information, press and hold the tile and resize it to its wide (largest) size.
  • Note that you can also pin secondary tiles for individual files and folders you want to keep easy access to. Just navigate to the file or folder and choose the app bar option to “pin to start.”

What is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT?

  • Windows RT is a variant of Windows 8 that only runs on devices with ARM processors, as opposed to the typical x86/x64 processors powering most PCs up until today. A version of Windows that runs on ARM is useful in that it tends to have better power efficiency, but has the downside of losing all support for legacy software.
  • With Windows 8 (not RT), users can run traditional desktop apps like on previous versions of Windows (commonly referred to as desktop or traditional mode), and run new Windows 8-style apps like Box for Windows 8. With Windows RT, users will not be able to run traditional desktop apps – only the new, Windows 8-style apps.
  • Box for Windows 8 is available for all Windows 8 and Windows RT devices from the Windows store.
  • Here’s a breakdown of the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT:


Windows 8

Windows RT

Compatible processors

x86/x64 (e.g. Intel, AMD)

ARM (e.g. Qualcomm)

“Windows 8-Style”

(Metro) apps



Traditional desktop apps, like Box Sync



How to buy

Online or in-store; from OEMs

Preinstalled by OEMs only

When should I use the Box web app versus Box for Windows 8?

  • If you are on a Windows 8 device in Desktop mode, we suggest you access Box via the web app. When using Windows 8-style (on both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices), we advise you use Box for Windows 8

Does Box Sync work on both Windows 8 and Windows RT?

  • No, Box Sync will not run on Windows RT devices. Box Sync is supported on Windows 8 in Desktop mode (not supported in Windows 8-style). If you switch to Windows 8-style, Box Sync does not appear on the Start screen and notifications will not be seen until you move back to the Desktop.  
  • Box Sync continues to run in the background at all times. However, if any errors occur with Sync, you won't know about them until you go into the Desktop mode and see the task bar notifications.

What security features are available for Windows 8 devices?

  • We require email verification for new accounts created through the app.
  • Admins and individual users can enable 2-step verification for login and perform remote log-outs.
  • In addition, admins can require passcode locks for the app as well as set the length of time of inactivity that triggers the passcode lock. And to prevent data leakage, admins can restrict the ability to download content from Box to the device.

Where can I get more information?

See for additional information.

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