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File-sharing company Box wants more and more developers to integrate its services into applications around the Internet, and its latest tactic is a souped-up search engine.

Well, it’s actually an application programming interface (API) for developers to use inside their apps. When it’s running inside a website, people can search for files by type, by the time it was posted, by owner, by folder, by the text in a file, and so on. For companies with hundreds of thousands of employees and untold numbers of files on Box, the new API sounds like it could be save time and frustration.

“Box admins can now programmatically pinpoint sensitive data among millions of files in their enterprise,” Box platform product manager Ted Blosser wrote in a blog post today on the new advanced search API.

Box has been busy issuing developer-oriented features lately. It introduced a metadata API for storing and sharing information associates with files, and the Box View API for converting PDF and Microsoft Office files into HTML format.


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Such moves could help boost the developer community as the company intends to post consistently strong returns as a public company.

At the same time, there’s more to do. Perhaps Box will come out with APIs associated with the forthcoming Box Notes feature for creating new files.

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