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Dropbox Acquires Mailbox 63

Dropbox announced today that it is acquiring Mailbox, an iOS email client designed to take better advantage of a touch interface. The app launched last month, and the Mailbox team says they're already delivering more than 60 million emails daily. Demand for the service continues to grow, so they were exploring their options to expand. They said, "We can’t wait to put Mailbox in the hands of everyone who wants it. This means not only continuing to scale the service, but also including support for more email providers and mobile devices. Add to that a host of new features and we’ve got a LOT of work to do, certainly more than our current team of 14 can handle. We need to grow and we need to grow thoughtfully, with top-notch people who share our goals and values. Enter Dropbox, the team from San Francisco who helps over 100M people bring their photos, docs, and videos with them anywhere. They’re a profoundly talented bunch who build great tools that make work frictionless, and Mailbox fits Dropbox’s mission like a glove. Plus, they’ve got a ton of experience scaling services and are experts at handling people’s data with care. In short, Dropbox is our kind of company."
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Dropbox Acquires Mailbox

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  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Friday March 15, 2013 @02:28PM (#43184881)

    that's like grandma's tech now

    • by godrik ( 1287354 )

      What I am doing and all the communications with my colaborator which are spread in various institute all over the world is fairly asynchronous. What do you suggest as a technology which should be perfectly portable, trivial to use and deployed everywhere that I can convince my collaborator to switch to?

      • by alen ( 225700 )

        i see geeks still don't have a sense of humor

        but dropbox works fairly well for what you are describing

        • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Friday March 15, 2013 @02:49PM (#43185087)

          I used Google Reader to set up a custom feed, now all my collaborators subscribe to it!

          • by Anonymous Coward

            Until 7/1.

        • by godrik ( 1287354 )

          how do I send a message to somebody through dropbox?

          • by alen ( 225700 )

            dropbox is for file sharing

            like say you are writing a scientific paper, you can keep it in a shared dropbox folder so everyone will always have access to it.

            • by Anonymous Coward

              Git + LaTeX solves that particular problem quite nicely.

              Nothing drives a physicist quite as insane as a Word doc in a Dropbox with track-changes enabled. The poor grad student who has to reconcile all the borked-up figures, tables and formatting quirks that you get from eight people running four versions of Word on the same document....

              • by godrik ( 1287354 )

                I love git and latex and use them internally at my university. But experience proved that that combination does not work well with all collaborators...

              • by Guspaz ( 556486 )

                It's not really meant for that, though. Google Documents or some other solution intended for many people editing the same document at the same time would work better.

        • Dropbox is a storage medium not a data format. Unless you want to use text files which will kill any chance of formatting then that's an inferior solution and either requires setting up permissions for every new person or opening it up to the world.
      • No, no, no. You're supposed to ditch your old-fashioned, behind-the-times collaborators and start hanging out with the cool kids. "Work" and "substance" are totes last-century.

      • Duh. Google Wave!
      • Carrier pigeons.
    • by Desler ( 1608317 )

      In Korea, only old people use email.

    • by bimozx ( 2689433 )
      You should be clear if you were trying to be sarcastic or not. If not, heck, we still use paper, what's your point?
    • Why because it works perfectly well without proprietary lock-in involving some web app that will die any day now?
    • by tattood ( 855883 )
      I've upgraded to bmail.
  • And by "these services", I mean cloud services in general. I have several of these accounts. All of which were something like, get a free 50GB account when you buy this gadget. Even with 100"s of GBs of cloud space available to me, I find I don"t use any of it. Sure, I will upload some large files from time to time if I know I want to transfer them to another PC at work for example.
    I never put anything on these services that I cannot afford to lose. I cannot say exactly the main reason, but basically,
    1. I w

    • by Desler ( 1608317 )

      100s of milliona of people, grandpa. Yes, they will get off your lawn now.

    • by alen ( 225700 )

      i have a 11GB free dropbox account

      i have a few GB of documents in there. every few months i will scan in some financial documents to have an extra copy. IRS audit taught me the value of keeping records.
      sometimes i use a few GB for sharing photos. or if i'm on vacation i will upload the vacation photos to dropbox in addition to icloud just in case.
      i'm doing some writing that i plan to publish on amazon and i use dropbox for that as well. the 30 day restore feature is awesome

      there is a huge use case for these

      • by godrik ( 1287354 )

        services like dropbox can be handy. privacy concerned people can use owncloud. (I do, it works fine.)

        • by alen ( 225700 )

          the US government already knows my financial situation since i file my taxes and everyone sends the IRS copies of their financial records. what else is the government going to find out about me?

          • by godrik ( 1287354 )

            the government is not the only one interested in data... tax records might not be the only thing you store...

            • by alen ( 225700 )

              everyone knows my financial situation since the credit agencies sell their data as well

    • by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Friday March 15, 2013 @03:15PM (#43185307)

      ...I find I don"t use any of it. Sure, I will upload some large files from time to time if I know I want to transfer them to another PC at work for example....

      Are you sure you know what "I don't use any of it" means?

    • by The Raven ( 30575 ) on Friday March 15, 2013 @03:23PM (#43185383) Homepage

      I use Dropbox, because I have several computers that I want to keep in sync. A couple times a year, I will actually log in to Dropbox... the other 99% of the time, it is just a syncing service between my computers, that has the added benefit of:

      • Disaster recovery from the cloud.
      • Quick sharing of folders with other DB users.
      • Quick sharing with anyone using public DB links.
      • Access to files using their website or mobile client.
      • Simple versioning support for files I'm not checking into a repository.

      Dropbox is different from most cloud services, because if they disappear I still have all my files. They are on MY computer, not just the cloud, and that makes a big difference.

    • by Cinder6 ( 894572 )

      I use both Dropbox and Mailbox. I think both are great services. Part of that evaluation is due to the fact that if either service goes down (or under), I lose nothing. All of my Dropbox files are stored locally and on my Time Machine backup. All of my emails are stored on Google's servers (and if I wanted to, I could download all of them to my computer as well).

      This is in direct contrast with many other providers, including Mega. If Mega shut down today, I would lose everything (actually, I've already lost

    • Cloud sync is nothing new. It's just that web-based Email (one of the first 'cloud' services) came to prominence long enough ago that we don't really think of it as a cloud-based service. As a college student, Dropbox and Evernote have made my life flippin' awesome. I can take notes on any device, mine or borrowed/public, and they're all immediately sync'd and searchable. As for Dropbox, there are only four folders on my desktop: one for each class, and each symbolically linked to Dropbox folders. Ever
  • For those wanting some of that action: []

  • I don't see the synergy here. Maybe they do. But the services seem completely disparate.

  • ...we’ve got a LOT of work to do, certainly more than our current team of 14 can handle... Enter Dropbox, the team from San Francisco who helps over 100M people bring their photos, docs, and videos with them anywhere...

    14 lazy people helping 100 million users. They're probably sleeping all day!

  • "We canâ(TM)t wait to put Mailbox in the hands of everyone who wants it....blah blah blah".

    Not one critical word added to the cheesy press release.

  • Feature request: Automatically detach email attachments. Put files in Dropbox and create link to file in message.

  • I signed up for that a while ago. I waited for my reservation to activate.

    I turned fired up the app. I linked a Gmail account (only service they currently work with).

    I toyed with it for a day. I found it unimpressive, unintuitive, limited, and not useful.

    I unlinked my account.

    App removed. I fail to see the value in it.

  • by us7892 ( 655683 ) on Friday March 15, 2013 @03:58PM (#43185703) Homepage
    This is a better write-up [] on Mailbox, and why it is indeed a very good mail application.

    Seems like perhaps the Mailbox folks realize this is the absolute top for this simple, albeit, well designed application, and jumped at a chance to sell.
  • ...information.

    Post is 2+ hours old and only 48ish comments, on a slow Friday afternoon.

    IOW: Nobody cares.

  • An e-mail application which only works with GMail accounts ? One day after Google stopped Reader ? Are you kidding ?

    The application looks nice, yes, but there is no way I am adding any dependency to any Google service.

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