Box.net is an extremely popular file storage site that offers 1GB of storage for free, and some Web services like Netvibes even have modules to make accessing your files super easy. Following Zoho’s lead, Box.net has announced a new add-on for Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access in Office 2003 and 2007.
The plug-in adds a button to save the current file you are working on to the Box.net servers. It does require that you login to your account, which then makes the saving process virtually painless. Although it’s not as great as what I expected.
As of right now there is no way to open the documents that have been saved, nor is there a way to select sharing/privacy options for the files. Maybe I’m asking for too much, but I don’t think so when there are other file hosting services that offer much more…
Xdrive, a service that AOL acquired, not only gives 5GB away for free but they also have an amazing desktop application that integrates very well into your computer. Once installed Windows will treat your Xdrive account as if it was just another external drive, which means you can save and open all remotely stored files in any application you’re using! Going even further Xdrive lets you scheduled automated backups so that you can have the piece of mind that you won’t lose your important files.
Of course, Box.net isn’t owned by AOL which is something holding many people back from trying Xdrive. That’s the same reason that people don’t want to use the free Active Virus Shield antivirus despite it ranking quite highly, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions and judgments I guess.