When Mailbox debuted back in 2013, users couldn't get enough of its simplistic UI and clever features. For those not familiar with the app, Mailbox was designed to simplify the task of flagging, archiving and deleting emails via simple swipe gestures. This ultimately saves a lot time and effort so it was an instant success with mobile device users.
Shortly after its rapid success, the parent company Orchestra Inc. was acquired by Dropbox for a rumored $100M price-point, and the app has been operating under the new management since then. This morning, the company issued an email to all existing Mailbox users stating the following:
“It's with heavy hearts that we let you know Mailbox will shut down on February 26, 2016.
Mailbox ignited a shift in mobile email and many of its innovations are now ubiquitous across the industry. It’s been a great journey, and we’re proud of this impact and grateful to the community that helped make it possible.
When the Mailbox team joined Dropbox in 2013, we shared a passion for simplifying the way people work together. And solving the email problem seemed like a strong complement to the challenges Dropbox was already tackling.
But as we’ve increased our focus on collaboration, we realized there’s only so much an email app can do to fundamentally improve email. We’ve come to believe that the best way for us to improve people’s productivity going forward is to streamline the workflows that generate so much email in the first place.
We know saying goodbye to Mailbox will be hard for many. To help make the transition to a new email client easier, we’ve created guides and export tools. For more information about how we’ll be winding down Mailbox, please visit the Mailbox website.
Thank you to everyone who helped bring Mailbox to life, whether by spreading the word, letting us know what you liked (and didn’t like), or simply using the product. You taught us so much, and we’re deeply grateful.
—The Mailbox Team”
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