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MacRumors
Mar 15, 2013, 12:27 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/03/maildropbox.jpgPopular email management app Mailbox (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/07/intuitive-email-management-app-mailbox-now-available-in-app-store/) has been acquired by file-sharing and storage service Dropbox.

Terms weren't disclosed, but the company plans to keep Mailbox as a standalone app, though the companies plan to extend both their platforms going forward, reports The Wall Street Journal (http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/03/15/dropbox-buys-mailbox-an-app-with-some-buzz/).
"We felt we could help Mailbox reach a much different audience much faster," said Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, who said both companies shared the goal of making people's lives easier.

He said Dropbox will keep the Mailbox service running as a stand-alone app, and over time Dropbox will also use Mailbox's technology to enhance Dropbox features, like email attachments. The deal came together, he said, after the companies started talking about email attachments a few months ago.The thirteen Mailbox employees will join Dropbox, but continue working on the Mailbox app. Mailbox is now delivering 60 million messages per day and has taken 1.3 million reservations for its free service.

Article Link: Dropbox Acquires Mailbox, Will Accelerate Rollout (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/15/dropbox-acquires-mailbox-will-accelerate-rollout/)



Xenomorph
Mar 15, 2013, 12:29 PM
Wow. The Mailbox stunt paid off.

To elaborate on the "stunt" comment:

You signed up to a waiting list. Eventually this waiting list got you a code. You put the code in their app and it put in you a massive queue.

If you managed some how to actually get to use the app - you may have been disappointed.
In fact, the Mailbox app angered a lot of people because it requires full access to your Gmail account (which raises privacy concerns), and it requires you to mess with IMAP folder visibility (it needs "All Folder" access).
I've had access for quite a while - but I do not use it, as I refuse to change my IMAP settings to make it work. I already use Gmail (without issue) with other programs.

Apparently all the hype got the attention of the right people.

impulse462
Mar 15, 2013, 12:30 PM
That was fast...hopefully it doesn't end up like sparrow as I really enjoy using mailbox.

ugahairydawgs
Mar 15, 2013, 12:30 PM
Interesting. With someone like Dropbox behind it I might actually give it a shot now.

SteveLV702
Mar 15, 2013, 12:33 PM
cool hopefully dropbox lifts the stupid 5 mailbox limitation

dysamoria
Mar 15, 2013, 12:37 PM
"We felt we could help mailbox",

when using the decoder ring, translates to:

"We think owning Mailbox will help our bottom line, at the very least by acquiring their user database and marketing to them as potential new users of Dropbox, and probably by eliminating a potential future competitor and acquiring their patent holdings (because technology is cheap compared to litigation over technology)."

I'd rather they just said it as it really is, rather than making some kind of euphemistic statement that makes them sound like they're just lending a helping hand. What a load of insincere crap.

peteullo
Mar 15, 2013, 12:37 PM
Dropbox will become what iCloud should have been. :rolleyes:

fatespawn
Mar 15, 2013, 12:38 PM
It needs to support exchange (maybe impossible with their delivery scheme), iPads and landscape.

If they don't quickly innovate, they'll be copied, improved on, and fade away.

spazzcat
Mar 15, 2013, 12:42 PM
They need a desktop app and exchange support, I would use it a lot more then.

whammink
Mar 15, 2013, 12:46 PM
It needs to support exchange (maybe impossible with their delivery scheme), iPads and landscape.

If they don't quickly innovate, they'll be copied, improved on, and fade away.

I agree with you, but if you check out their Twitter account you can see they're working on all of those things. I only wish they'd have a bigger team so they could move faster. Regardless, Mailbox is great and I hope Dropbox doesn't mess with their success.

ritmomundo
Mar 15, 2013, 12:50 PM
Looks like the Mailbox people got what they wanted. A buyout from a big company (although they probably wouldve preferred to be bought by Apple).

Anyway, I don't even use Mailbox anymore. Its just not very useful to me. Hopefully they add some decent features and I'll try it out again.

Howard Ellacott
Mar 15, 2013, 12:55 PM
I expect dropbox will make this a really great app!

bushido
Mar 15, 2013, 01:03 PM
never got mailbox to work. told be to change something in my gmail settings which icould not find and cbf either

shorn
Mar 15, 2013, 01:07 PM
I'd sooner Dropbox was involved than Google.

Chupa Chupa
Mar 15, 2013, 01:12 PM
In fact, the Mailbox app angered a lot of people because it requires full access to your Gmail account (which raises privacy concerns), and it requires you to mess with IMAP folder visibility (it needs "All Folder" access).


Yup. That was enough to turn me off. Not that Gmail is secure or anything, but why would I want another pair of eyes sifting though it. It's bad enough Google does. Also it just seems a bit redundant.

ELMI0001
Mar 15, 2013, 01:27 PM
Good for them.

I really like Mailbox on my iPhone. If you manage your Gmail filters through the web interface the concept of Mailbox works great.

Dropbox will become what iCloud should have been.

Hopefully! Give Apple some motivation to focus on their software/iCloud. Enough with new iPads every 9 months!

GIZBUG
Mar 15, 2013, 01:34 PM
Maybe we will finally see an UPDATE to this app...........

domness
Mar 15, 2013, 01:34 PM
Pretty happy with this actually, I was wondering if Mailbox was going to get any funding decent enough to keep their servers going with all these people waiting to get access to the app.

I've had Mailbox running for quite a while, and I seriously love using it, now I just wish there was a Mac and an iPad version available (of course, after they improve the featureset of the app).

Trik
Mar 15, 2013, 01:40 PM
I think they did a great job of slowly ramping up their infrastructure as they scaled for users. All of the push notifications come from their servers, which amount to millions+ of requests. The story could have easily been, "Mailbox app launches, crashes due to demand" which if you look at Sim City, is easily believable. The problem is, nobody is happy. They do things slowly, making sure they can meet demand, and everyone bitches, they do it fast and the servers crash, and everyone bitches. It was a queue, you got in line and waited, it wasn't like you had to stare at your phone during the queue, it just moved you along while you lived your life.

Now as far as the software, I think it works great. It has completely changed how I work with my Gmail and the app itself is polished and responds instantly. I was actually hoping Apple would purchase this app and incorporate the technology into the default mail app. I guess they can still copy it.

RevTEG
Mar 15, 2013, 01:48 PM
Maybe we will finally see an UPDATE to this app...........

The app just came out a few short weeks ago. What update do you think they "finally" need to do? Finally makes it sound like the app has been around for years without any updates.

MWPULSE
Mar 15, 2013, 01:49 PM
I hope this improves the experience of sharing and such like within the Dropbox app (web/desktop/phone) at the moment sharing in Dropbox isn't the easiest thing to manage particularly with lots of people sharing the same folder. Could really do with an address book of some description. :)

Excited to see what happens here :)

unplugme71
Mar 15, 2013, 01:55 PM
I find it extremely difficult to believe their sign up list is accurate. Within 20 seconds of launching the app, it says there is 109 people behind me. That's like 6 people per second for an app that doesn't seem to do much except check email from gmail.

Looks like at the rate the line is decreasing, I should be good to go in 3.0807 days.

Silverstring
Mar 15, 2013, 02:35 PM
Yup. That was enough to turn me off. Not that Gmail is secure or anything, but why would I want another pair of eyes sifting though it. It's bad enough Google does. Also it just seems a bit redundant.

This hits on a point I always thought was funny. As of now, Mailbox only works with Gmail.

People crowing about privacy (not you specifically, Chupa Chupa, you qualified your point about not wanting it to be worse), but using Gmail. I think that's hilarious.

I mean, I use gmail too. That said, if I was overly concerned about privacy, I wouldn't (and I may move away from them in the future for that reason).

Xano
Mar 15, 2013, 02:35 PM
Time to give a decent update to Mailbox ...
more email providers and the option to change colors and backgrounds is appreciate!

baller1308
Mar 15, 2013, 02:41 PM
I've been using it for quite some time. It's nice, but there are some issues. Sometimes the emails don't fully load so I have to go back to the inbox and then back to the email message again. Another issue I had was that if you delete a message it would go back to the inbox. I would much prefer it to go to the next unread email.

komodrone
Mar 15, 2013, 02:52 PM
cool hopefully dropbox lifts the stupid 5 mailbox limitation

Yep, because mailbox has to serve the people with more than 5 gmail accounts first before they can let anyone else in the queue. Right?

walangij
Mar 15, 2013, 03:55 PM
Hopefully this accelerates their development as well (dropbox talent helping out Mailbox instead of the other way around). The app is amazing, and after adopting their workflow has become second nature. But they NEED to have an iPad app as well as a desktop app for OSX like Sparrow in order to really innovate and capture the market. I have been looking for a sparrow replacement since it's buyout and have high hopes for Mailbox since everything else is just vaporware, lets hope that Dropbox accelerates their rollout as well as their dev schedule.

kas23
Mar 15, 2013, 04:39 PM
Dropbox will become what iCloud should have been. :rolleyes:

Huh? Dropbox has consistently been more useful and polished, and hence light years ahead of iCloud. What else do you want Dropbox to become?

Perhaps they will drop Mailbox's dependence on other email services (gmail) and start their own.

kurzz
Mar 15, 2013, 05:18 PM
This hits on a point I always thought was funny. As of now, Mailbox only works with Gmail.

People crowing about privacy (not you specifically, Chupa Chupa, you qualified your point about not wanting it to be worse), but using Gmail. I think that's hilarious.

I mean, I use gmail too. That said, if I was overly concerned about privacy, I wouldn't (and I may move away from them in the future for that reason).

Silverstring is right. If you're that concerned about privacy why are you even using gmail in the first place?

Personally, I'll wait until it works with regular imap accounts or icloud.

John.B
Mar 15, 2013, 07:26 PM
If Dropbox is aligning with Google products then I'll have to find another cloud provider, plain and simple.

ArtOfWarfare
Mar 15, 2013, 08:41 PM
Yo dawg, I heard you like boxes, so I put your Mailbox in your Dropbox so you could have more boxes in your boxes.

Now we just need Boxee to somehow merge with them to make this joke more complete...

MattInOz
Mar 16, 2013, 12:49 AM
Huh? Dropbox has consistently been more useful and polished, and hence light years ahead of iCloud. What else do you want Dropbox to become?

Perhaps they will drop Mailbox's dependence on other email services (gmail) and start their own.

I wish...
seriously...
we already use Dropbox a lot for moving files instead of emailing.
We keep looking at moving Mail Hosting duties to Google but there is the "google factor". So if Dropbox match them and tied in it to it file syncing, file sharing system then I'm pretty sure we'd sign up.

lightning inc.
Mar 16, 2013, 03:00 AM
No one cares that mailbox require you to move all mail to archive?
I can't use this app because of this limitation... 70% of my mail located in my inbox.

onirocdarb
Mar 16, 2013, 10:30 AM
this is good.
Mailbox is an awesome mail app, but if dropbox got them to roll out an ipad version and icloud mail support.... it would be perfect

tdhurst
Mar 16, 2013, 11:18 AM
Time to give a decent update to Mailbox ...
more email providers and the option to change colors and backgrounds is appreciate!

Yeah, backgrounds and color changing is a HUGE priority.

Really?

dbroncos78087
Mar 16, 2013, 12:26 PM
I saw the video for Mailbox and was impressed. I signed up for the wait list and will probably be off of it in a month (about 400,000 in front of me).

I like some of the features that it offers and for a free service I'm ok with waiting and the options.

I saw the comment about giving full access, to those who have it: what are your opinions?

fontman
Mar 16, 2013, 04:32 PM
Nice

Astroexe
Mar 16, 2013, 05:26 PM
I am *still* in the queue for this thing.

Saladinos
Mar 16, 2013, 08:31 PM
TBH, Mailbox never forced its way in to my daily life. I recommended it to a few friends and even though they've been accepted, they all tell me they never use it either.

The big news here IMO is that Dropbox is moving beyond the filesystem. Good. They run a fantastic service that works well and they do a good job of listening to their users.

Glassed Silver
Mar 17, 2013, 11:14 AM
Yo dawg, I heard you like boxes, so I put your Mailbox in your Dropbox so you could have more boxes in your boxes.

Now we just need Boxee to somehow merge with them to make this joke more complete...
I like your way of thinking!

Glassed Silver:ios

hemanwomanhater
Mar 17, 2013, 12:31 PM
That was insanely fast. I hope this leads to more than simply integrating Dropbox and Mailbox attachments as the Dropbox dude indicates. I assume it will since Dropbox has never acquired an email client before (that I know of), so they must have special plans here. Dropmail, maybe? In the short-term I'd really like to see iPad and Mac versions of Mailbox (would be curious to see how they implement gestures into a Mac version). There's only 13 guys working on Mailbox so I doubt they'll be adding much to Dropbox, probably the other way around.

curmudgeon32
Mar 17, 2013, 12:47 PM
No one cares that mailbox require you to move all mail to archive?
I can't use this app because of this limitation... 70% of my mail located in my inbox.

If you insist on keeping 70% of your mail in your inbox, nobody can help you.

JarScott
Mar 17, 2013, 03:46 PM
Seems like an appropriate partnership. Looking forward to seeing what this brings.

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I am *still* in the queue for this thing.

Sucks to be you. I finally gave in to my curiosity as to why it was getting so much attention. I joined the queue about a month and a half ago with over 500,000 people in front of me. Was allowed in on Friday and I haven't used the app since then but I'm looking forward to when it supports more than just Gmail. Although I can't personally see the appeal of not using the iPhone's default mail app, does the job well enough.

John.B
Mar 17, 2013, 05:36 PM
If you insist on keeping 70% of your mail in your inbox, nobody can help you.

Any capable IMAP client would work. And, as an added bonus, an IMAP client won't require you to route all your email through some shady development company to use for who knows what purpose...

SvP
Mar 18, 2013, 06:44 AM
Any capable IMAP client would work. And, as an added bonus, an IMAP client won't require you to route all your email through some shady development company to use for who knows what purpose...

Its a mail-app based on the "0 inbox" paradigm. You don't want an ampty inbox, so you shouldn't use it.

some shady development company to use for who knows what purpose
yeah, wow.

This is like complaining about the non-usefulness of deep-freezers on antarctica.

ELMI0001
Mar 18, 2013, 08:53 AM
Huh? Dropbox has consistently been more useful and polished, and hence light years ahead of iCloud. What else do you want Dropbox to become?

Perhaps they will drop Mailbox's dependence on other email services (gmail) and start their own.

I think OP was saying that Mailbox+Dropbox will be what iCloud should be.

Mailbox+Dropbox > iCloud.

Razeus
Mar 18, 2013, 09:47 AM
Mailbox is the default way I do mobile email these days. This is a terrific app!

Tomacorno
Mar 18, 2013, 10:59 AM
No one cares that mailbox require you to move all mail to archive?
I can't use this app because of this limitation... 70% of my mail located in my inbox.

It suggests you move your existing mail to archive because they have this "inbox zero" goal where you are taking care of all your mail as it comes in. However, they do not require you to archive all your mail.

tdhurst
Mar 18, 2013, 11:15 AM
No one cares that mailbox require you to move all mail to archive?
I can't use this app because of this limitation... 70% of my mail located in my inbox.

I think I've found your email management problem.

xraydoc
Mar 18, 2013, 12:54 PM
Hopefully this speeds development of an iPad version and the addition of Gmail features (labels, etc. - seems only natural since the service is tied to Gmail to begin with).

curmudgeon32
Mar 18, 2013, 01:34 PM
I don't think Mailbox does anything, really, you can't already do with any regular IMAP client, or just with Gmail but what it does do is make it very easy to quickly triage incoming mail. It's not magical, but it has a pretty solid interface.

What Dropbox probably means is better server infrastructure behind it, a faster rollout (hopefully) and probably some Dropbox sharing and attachment-based features down the road.

I already have a TON of documents in Dropbox already, so the paranoia factor is a moot point.

Razeus
Mar 18, 2013, 02:44 PM
I don't think Mailbox does anything, really, you can't already do with any regular IMAP client, or just with Gmail but what it does do is make it very easy to quickly triage incoming mail. It's not magical, but it has a pretty solid interface.

What Dropbox probably means is better server infrastructure behind it, a faster rollout (hopefully) and probably some Dropbox sharing and attachment-based features down the road.

I already have a TON of documents in Dropbox already, so the paranoia factor is a moot point.

...Dropbox's server infrastructure is Amazon's S3 infrastructure.

curmudgeon32
Mar 18, 2013, 04:34 PM
...Dropbox's server infrastructure is Amazon's S3 infrastructure. Whoever the ultimate provider, I'd be willing to bet Dropbox has more capacity to spare than that little startup did.

Nightarchaon
Mar 19, 2013, 08:04 AM
Mailbox is by far and away the best virtual queuing app i have ever used, i fire it up and watch the number slowly ticking down when i feel nostalgic about when i used to use post offices to send things places. Ill be sorry to reach the end of the queue, not interested in another secuirty risk and third party holding my username and password for my emails . :D

GenesisST
Mar 19, 2013, 08:33 AM
Wow. The Mailbox stunt paid off.

To elaborate on the "stunt" comment:

You signed up to a waiting list. Eventually this waiting list got you a code. You put the code in their app and it put in you a massive queue.

If you managed some how to actually get to use the app - you may have been disappointed.
In fact, the Mailbox app angered a lot of people because it requires full access to your Gmail account (which raises privacy concerns), and it requires you to mess with IMAP folder visibility (it needs "All Folder" access).
I've had access for quite a while - but I do not use it, as I refuse to change my IMAP settings to make it work. I already use Gmail (without issue) with other programs.

Apparently all the hype got the attention of the right people.

Yeah, I installed after reading the headline (not the article nor the comments) and was at 500000-ish in the queue. After a few days, I was at 480000-ish... so delete world it is....

And now that I read this, I won't ever bother again...

peteullo
Mar 20, 2013, 10:19 AM
Huh? Dropbox has consistently been more useful and polished, and hence light years ahead of iCloud. What else do you want Dropbox to become?

Perhaps they will drop Mailbox's dependence on other email services (gmail) and start their own.

You clearly misread what I wrote.