Dropbox acquires email startup Mailbox

By , Mar 15, 2013

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That didn’t take long. It’s only been a few months since we first heard about Mailbox, the fresh new iPhone email client. And it’s only been about about a month since it actually launched. But it looks like they’re going to be bought out.

Dropbox has announced this morning that it will be acquiring the Mailbox team. There’s no word on price yet, but it looks like all 13 team members will be joining Dropbox, and Mailbox will continue to operate as a standalone app…

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“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.”

Mailbox has generated a lot of buzz since it launched last month. The app has been rolling out in phases, using a unique reservation system to control server traffic. Our very own Jeff reviewed the client, calling it “an email app that thinks different.”

Speaking with The Journal today, Orchestra CEO Gentry Underwood said Mailbox is now delivering 60 million messages a day, and has taken 1.3 million reservations. And he adds that they are still struggling to keep up with the demand from users.

Dropbox, for its part, isn’t doing too shabby either. The company currently has around 250 employees, and has been valued by investors at $4 billion. Rumor has it, it’s even discussed an initial public offering with bankers, but there are no imminent plans.

The Mailbox purchase is an interesting move, to be sure. And we imagine that this is good news for both companies and their respective apps.

What are your thoughts on all of this?

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  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Good. Google can’t destroy this like they destroyed Sparrow.

    • Damian W

      technically sparrow is still in good shape and running. I would not call it destroyed. So far it has been the best email client on my Mac and iPhone.

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        Sparrow team isn’t going to work on Sparrow anymore, but will instead work on other Google projects.

      • Damian W

        yes but they did not change anything about the app. They just stopped development of the app that is already the best email client. I would say they destroyed the future of Sparrow with the hope for better Gmail app.

  • Damian W

    WOW, this is actually awesome news. Now the options for email app could be endless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linton.findlay Linton Findlay

    im still queuing for mailbox, using sparrow atm. maybe an update where you could save attachments to dropbox is in the works? and we will probs see gesture based dropbox app

    • asdlb4

      If you’re jailbroken download Flex. There’s a tweak to get you VIP line placement. As in, the front…

    • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

      Forget this, this is not an app that can make us like “don’t have to reply the email…”

      I keep my inbox nice and neat, my gmail only has less than 20 conversations, same as my work email.

      It is all depend on you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

    I hope they don’t kill it off. Mailbox has loads of potential and I love it.

  • http://twitter.com/hoopes4908 Randy Hoopes

    Freaking love the Mailbox app, don’t really care about Dropbox never use it.

    • http://twitter.com/hoopes4908 Randy Hoopes

      Hoping now maybe they’ll hurry up and add other than just Gmail accounts

      • RarestName

        did you just reply to yourself

      • sambuzzlight

        we are having few of these incidents… nothing to worry here

      • genXhippie

        It appears so. ;-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558812483 Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        he also liked his own comment lol

  • asdlb4

    This is excellent, excellent news…!!!!

  • Dan

    great, now make an android version =)

  • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

    At firsts I started swearing, but then I came to my senses, and realized that this could be a wonderful pair – emailing attachments that are too big to email. It can be done now, but imagine writing a new email, hitting the attachment link, and browsing your dropbox folder for any file to attach. This is an even bigger deal on smartphones, where bandwidth and storage aren’t friendly toward large files.

  • queen_ir3ne

    I can see it now, Email attachments from Dropbox, and not limited to just documents (.txt, .doc, .pdf, .xls). It’d include audio files, .zip, .rar, etc. Then, having the option to open and save attachments to Dropbox. I just can’t wait tip other email providers and iPad support domes on board.

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    Still useless if i can’t add any other email client other than Gmail.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    I waited for 500,000 people in front of me and when I get it.. Doesn’t work. My gmail account works fine, but when I use Mailbox.. Doesn’t work whatsoever. As uncle Si would say; “Hey. This thing’s a piece of crap.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/Makavelli.1 Joseph A. Ahmad

    If only Dropbox had acquired Mailbox before the launch … that might of made for a smoother launch instead of having us wait in line behind 500,000 other people. But that’s alright, it was worth the wait. This is definitely a good thing for both companies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markieze-Anthony-Mitchell/768663899 Markieze Anthony Mitchell

    I just wish that this supported more than google mail. it would be nice for it to be available for a lot more then just one server