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Hot off its initial public offering last month, cloud file sharing company Box today announced that it has bought seven-person startup Subspace, whose technology can foster adoption of cloud software.

Subspace came up with a containerized browser — a souped-up version of Google’s Chrome — that runs on any device and that can give employees access to enterprise software running in the cloud, including Salesforce and, of course, Box.

The Subspace service will shut down next month, according to a blog post from the team.

From the post:

From the beginning, we’ve wanted to provide better security for company data in a cloud- and mobile-enabled world. We founded Subspace to give enterprises the security controls they need to protect their content and employees the flexibility to work on any device they choose.

We can’t think of a better place to continue to drive that mission forward than at Box, a leader in secure content collaboration for the enterprise. At Box, the Subspace team and technology will continue to focus on providing enterprises with simple and secure access to company data on any device. We’re looking forward to applying our experience and perspective securing data on the endpoint.

Subspace started in 2013 and was based in Berkeley, Calif.

Cofounder and chief technology officer Ben Kus is now director of security product at Box. Cofounder and chief executive Jon Fan is now director of product management at the company. Cofounder and vice president of engineering Peter Loer is now director of engineering at Box. All three were early employees of BigFix, which IBM acquired in 2010.

In a blog post of his own, Box chief executive Aaron Levie talks about how the Subspace team can help Box:

We’ve already made significant traction with capabilities like Box’s native Information Rights Management, which allows for preview-only access to content, watermarking, download statistics, and other advanced policies, ensure that content can be shared easily with the right people, without losing control. The Subspace team will let us go even deeper with our security and data policies, enabling reliable corporate security policies, even when content leaves the Box platform to be accessed on a customer or partner’s device.


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