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RIP to two Dropbox apps: Mailbox and Carousel

By dkpope
Dec 7, 2015
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  1. Today Dropbox announced that they’re doing away with the Mailbox and Carousel apps. According to a company blog post, they acquired Mailbox in 2013 (a mobile email app) and Carousel (a photo sharing app) in 2014 with high hopes for both. But now Dropbox must streamline their efforts and part of that is shuttering less successful projects.

    Mailbox will close on February 26, 2016, and Carousel will close on March 31st. Dropbox says they will share details with users of the two apps soon, in hopes of making the process as non-annoying as possible.

    If you were a fan of Carousel, don’t fret too much. Dropbox will move many Carousel features over into the main Dropbox app. The loss of Mailbox might be a bit harder to deal with. Mailbox was one of the first to have the functionality of swiping left or right to take action on emails, and its "snooze" tool has since been copied by Google’s Inbox and Microsoft’s Outlook mobile app.

    Since Dropbox announced Mailbox and Carousel years ago, neither one has received updates worth mentioning. So ultimately, it isn’t a huge shock that they've met their end.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,505   +2,055

    They could've been good apps, I really don't know but most likely Dropbox didn't realise their true value, put them on the back burner until they were ultimately seen as a liability. If you've got companies like Google & M$ aping your products, you have to be pretty obtuse not to realise you're onto a good thing.
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,675   +780

    Yeah, I think they just missed the timing. I would much more have liked to see them pursue something like the on line meetings where the file sharing would be an asset and with a simple means of displaying a general screen driven by the presenter, but with allowances for others to jump in and help, that is a tool I could see more and more use for. I manage a lot of remote projects and that one would be a real "grabber" for me!
     
  4. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Enthusiast Posts: 62   +19

    Lol the only way this affects me is... how will new users get a boost in DropBox space once these apps are gone? Right now I recommend to anybody who uses Dropbox that they install, login, and uninstall both apps for an easy boost in storage space. I guess do it while you still can! Is there a replacement anybody knows about?
     

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