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Box Edit News: Version 2 Support Ends on October 31, 2015

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by

Box Edit is a desktop application that allows you to edit or create files directly on Box, without having to download the file and upload it back to Box.  IT recently received an announcement concerning the end of support for Box Edit version 2.  If you use Box Edit, please take a moment to get up to speed.

Box Announcement

Box will end support of Box Edit version 2 on October 31, 2015, and require all version 2 users to upgrade to version 3. Box recently pushed an auto-update to Box Edit v2 users to v3; however, some users chose to stay on Box Edit v2. All Box Edit v2 users must manually upgrade to v3 in order to continue using Box Edit after the end of support date, October 31, 2015. Box Edit v2 will not work after this date, and Box will not provide fixes for critical bugs or security gaps.

Why is the move to Box Edit Version 3 important?

Browsers, such as Google’s Chrome, have started to phase out support for NPAPI plug-ins, which was the mechanism used by Box Edit to communicate between the web app and the desktop process. Box has re-architected Box Edit Version 3 so that it no longer uses NPAPI plug-ins, which improves the security and reliability of the solution.

I use Box Edit.  How do I manually upgrade to Box Edit Version 3?

Visit the Box Desktop Apps website to download and install the latest version of Box Edit.

I use Box Sync.  Do I need to do anything?

You are all set.  Box Sync is not impacted.

I am the technology lead in my department.  What steps should I take now?

Please follow the directions below to test Box Edit Version 3 in your environment.

– Test Box Edit Version 3: Given the large changes in Box Edit to support a different browser architecture, we strongly advise that you test Box Edit Version 3 to verify that it works properly in your environment. Box Edit Version 3 is available for download here. After you establish it works well at the network level, please test it on a few local machines that represent common set-ups in your enterprise in terms of anti-virus and browser security settings.

Verify Configurations: Where necessary, review the Box Edit DNS and Proxy Configuration Guide for detailed configuration requirements and suggested mechanisms for configuring your DNS and proxies. Also consult the Internet Explorer Configuration Guide for the latest guidelines on using Box Edit on Internet Explorer. Other browsers do not include specific configuration guidelines.

I keep hearing about Box.   What is it?

In very simple terms, UM Box is an alternative to your USB drive.  You get 15 GB of storage by default and automatic document versioning.  Do you need more than 15 GB?  Just ask for more.  In addition, you can collaborate with other faculty and students using Box. All University of MS (UM) faculty, staff , and students have access. Log on at using your WebID, or review our common questions and answers.

Final Comments

If you need assistance with upgrading Box Edit, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 662-915-5222 or   Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm CDT.

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