Dropbox Just Bought Mailbox

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Mailbox, the iOS mail app that caused quite the splash when it burst on the scene with 250,000 users ready and waiting, has just been acquired by Dropbox. The announcement comes by way of a Dropbox blog post, in which Dropbox says it was impressed by how Mailbox actually delivered on its promise to simplify mail, and wants to bring that goodness to Dropbox users everywhere.


From the post:

Today we're really excited to welcome the Mailbox team to Dropbox.

Like many of you, when we discovered Mailbox we fell in love-it was simple, delightful, and beautifully engineered. Many have promised to help us with our overflowing inboxes, but the Mailbox team actually delivered.

After spending time with Gentry, Scott, and the team, it became clear that their calling was the same as ours at Dropbox-to solve life's hidden problems and reimagine the things we do every day. We all quickly realized that together we could save millions of people a lot of pain.

Dropbox doesn't replace your folders or your hard drive: it makes them better. The same is true with Mailbox, it doesn't replace your email: it makes it better. Whether it's your Dropbox or your Mailbox, we want to find ways to simplify your life.

We're all looking forward to making Mailbox even better and getting it into as many people's hands as possible. There's so much to do and we're excited to get started!

At the moment, there are no details as to how the acquisition went down or, more importantly, how the purchase will affect Dropbox and Mailbox users alike. For the moment, at least, it appears that Mailbox will continue to exist as a standalone app. But otherwise, it'll be fascinating to see what form this strange, interesting -box alliance may take. [Dropbox via The Verge]



I still don't understand why people are so enamored with Mailbox. It re-routes all your email through their own servers instead of straight to your phone like EVERY other mail client out there. And no one is raising a stink about privacy. I just don't understand why people get so angry about privacy, but not one person is complaining about how Mailbox works.