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Box hands out 50GB of "storage for life"

Box has released a brand new iPhone and iPad app, and is celebrating by offering 50GB of free storage for life to those who download the app in the next 30 days.

"We've overhauled our app to make it super-fast, simpler to use, and more immersive," David Still, vice president of mobile products at Box, wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "The result, we believe, is the best content viewing and collaboration experience available today for your iOS device."

For starters, the revamped app has more intuitive user interface featuring a sidebar for comments. Even better, documents and photos should now load "significantly faster," Still said. Photos will load from low-to high-resolution, for faster scrolling and previewing.

In addition, the app offers new preview capabilities for more than 100 file types, including high-fidelity renderings of PowerPoint, PDFs, photos, videos, and more. For times when you're looking for something in particular, the app now supports full text search within documents. You can also search in real time for files within your account, as well as move, copy, and delete multiple files at once.

Finally, Box has redesigned its OneCloud gallery of partner apps, and will now offer a customised menu of recommended apps for each file. The company is also looking beyond its own app, launching a new site,, to help you discover apps that will let you do more with your Box content on your mobile device.

"Our goal is to provide the very best user experience along with all the security and controls needed by enterprises to easily share, manage and access information from anywhere," Still wrote. "And this release offers our iOS users a high-performance, business productivity app with simplicity, elegance and beautiful design."

Head over to the App Store to download the revamped app. If you don't use iOS, Box hasn't forgotten about you. The company said it will continue to invest in its Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and mobile web products, but did not reveal any specific plans.