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Dropbox Acquires Mailbox

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the go-together-like-chocolatebox-and-peanutbutterbox dept.

Communications 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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people still use email? (2, Funny)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43184881)

that's like grandma's tech now

Re:people still use email? (1)

godrik (1287354) | about a year ago | (#43184909)

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?

Re:people still use email? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43184931)

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

but dropbox works fairly well for what you are describing

Re:people still use email? (5, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year ago | (#43185087)

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

Re:people still use email? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185199)

Until 7/1.

Re:people still use email? (1)

godrik (1287354) | about a year ago | (#43185097)

how do I send a message to somebody through dropbox?

Re:people still use email? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43185133)

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.

Re:people still use email? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185211)

God, you are fucking stupid.

Re:people still use email? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185315)

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....

Re:people still use email? (1)

godrik (1287354) | about a year ago | (#43185509)

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...

Re:people still use email? (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about a year ago | (#43185711)

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.

Re:people still use email? (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about a year ago | (#43185775)

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.

Re:people still use email? (1)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | about a year ago | (#43184937)

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.

Re:people still use email? (1)

bennomatic (691188) | about a year ago | (#43184949)

Duh. Google Wave!

Re:people still use email? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#43185055)

Carrier pigeons.

Re:people still use email? (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#43185085)

they went extinct! But I hear someones bringing them back

Re:people still use email? (2)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#43185341)

they went extinct! But I hear someones bringing them back

You're confusing two [wikipedia.org] different [wikipedia.org] pigeons.

Re:people still use email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185439)

To be fair most pigeons do look alike.

Re:people still use email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188415)

That's racist.

Re:people still use email? (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#43197407)

yes i understand they are different, but it was the last article, cut me some slack

Re:people still use email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188407)

You forgot reliable.

Email was built in a time with simpler resources and more paranoia. It's one of the few web technologies that remain largely unchanged from the days it first began.

If a connection exists for long enough to send a few kb, and there wasn't a typo in the destination, your message will arrive.

If email were invented today it would require a constant connection(broadband recommended), cookies and a way to monetize.

Re:people still use email? (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#43184941)

In Korea, only old people use email.

Re:people still use email? (2, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | about a year ago | (#43184955)

In Soviet Russia, email old peoples you!

Re:people still use email? (1)

bimozx (2689433) | about a year ago | (#43185099)

You should be clear if you were trying to be sarcastic or not. If not, heck, we still use paper, what's your point?

Re:people still use email? (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#43185117)

Unless you have aspergers it was quite clear he was being sarcastic.

Re:people still use email? (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | about a year ago | (#43185239)

Why because it works perfectly well without proprietary lock-in involving some web app that will die any day now?

Re:people still use email? (1)

tattood (855883) | about a year ago | (#43185761)

I've upgraded to bmail.

Re:people still use email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186599)

that's like grandma's tech now

Hate to be the one breaking the news to you (Not really)
Grandmas are now using Dropbox,Email,iMessage and Facetime.
All the Apple stuff is grandma tech.
No jailbreaks though..

Linux is still the realm of the youngsters.

Who really using these services? (1, Interesting)

pablo_max (626328) | about a year ago | (#43185015)

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 want direct control over my data
2. The US government has said, if it is in the cloud, you do not own it, and they can look all they want. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/ [cnet.com]
3. Who else is looking? Are they selling the jist of the information to target markers?
4. When they go out of business, what happens to my data?
5. If I upload all my music, can I expect a visit from the RIAA to examine receipts of purchase?
6. What if my connection drops or is really really slow?

In my point of view, data services are oversold. My Internet provider, like many others has way over sold its capacity. As such, most providers are doing what ever they can to discourage using the product they sell. Whether it be caps or increased pricing for a reasonable DL/UP speed. This goes double for mobile data services.
With this trend become more and more common, in my eyes, these cloud services which require massive amounts of data transfer, become less and less viable.

Re:Who really using these services? (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#43185033)

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

Re:Who really using these services? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43185081)

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 other than using them to share pirated movies or your porn collection

Re:Who really using these services? (1)

godrik (1287354) | about a year ago | (#43185323)

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

Re:Who really using these services? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43185339)

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?

Re:Who really using these services? (1)

godrik (1287354) | about a year ago | (#43185367)

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

Re:Who really using these services? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43185471)

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

Re:Who really using these services? (4, Insightful)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year ago | (#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?

Re:Who really using these services? (0)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about a year ago | (#43189841)

Don't be such a cunt.

Re:Who really using these services? (3, Interesting)

The Raven (30575) | about a year ago | (#43185383)

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.

Re:Who really using these services? (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about a year ago | (#43186707)

So, just like the alternatives from Ms, Google, Sugarsync etc then...

Re:Who really using these services? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188651)

The only people I've seen using it "in the wild"/professionally were Apple product-users or graphic designers (often the same beast). I imagine it's to do with the company's image, apparent simplicity and their viral referral system.

Re:Who really using these services? (2)

Cinder6 (894572) | about a year ago | (#43185407)

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 everything, which amounts to a blank .txt file, because it says the password I stored in my password manager is wrong). When Google Reader shuts down, lots (most?) of RSS apps will have to be updated to work with something else, and unmaintained apps will simply stop working.

This is the reason why I own my email domain. I use the Gmail interface, but I like knowing that if (by some wild chance) Google shut down Gmail, I can still keep my email address; only the interface will change.

If you're smart about your usage of "the cloud", you can avoid some of its ugliest pitfalls.

Mobility/Reliability/Flexibility: Pick 3 (1)

insanarchist (921436) | about a year ago | (#43188453)

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. Every document I create, I immediately save to the appropriate folder, and it is immediately available for view/review/editing on any internet-connected device anywhere.

Let me help you (0)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about a year ago | (#43185021)

For those wanting some of that action:

http://www.scrabblefinder.com/ends-with/box/ [scrabblefinder.com]

Re:Let me help you (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188445)

Fart box hasn't made it into webster's yet?

Purpose? (1)

The Raven (30575) | about a year ago | (#43185079)

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

Re:Purpose? (2)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#43185287)

What do you mean, no synergy? They're both *boxes*! Next up, they're going to acquire the Xbox.

Re:Purpose? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185839)

...and then Box.com?

Re:Purpose? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188475)

fartbox clothing [fbxclothing.com]

There is massive marketing potential if they decide to acquire a clothing line.

Re:Purpose? (1)

Jedi Holocron (225191) | about a year ago | (#43185667)

They're both cubic in nature?

crack that whip (1)

alphatel (1450715) | about a year ago | (#43185121)

...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!

100% Slashvertisement (1)

1u3hr (530656) | about a year ago | (#43185319)

"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.

Detach attachments and put files in Dropbox (1)

Flammon (4726) | about a year ago | (#43185353)

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

Re:Detach attachments and put files in Dropbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185793)

neat idea.

Mailbox, meh... (1)

Jedi Holocron (225191) | about a year ago | (#43185651)

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.

Good move by Mailbox folks (3, Informative)

us7892 (655683) | about a year ago | (#43185703)

This is a better write-up [forbes.com] 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.

It's just an email client. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186921)

Nice try, mailbox.com employee.

I usually counterattack the people who immediately attack new things as being less innovative than their marketing suggests, because most if the time those people don't fully understand the product anyway. i believe the market will throw out things with no use.

The tables are turned. I think mailbox.com is one of the dumbest ideas in a long time. What exactly is it? It's an email client. But this ain't your grandma's outlook express! Oh, hell naw! We took reading your email to the next level by adding smooth animations! It's like those fancy weather apps that just blow your freaking mind when all you want to know is what temperature it is.

And if those fancy animations don't blow your freaking socks off, well then listen up. You can move stuff to folders! Of course you can do that with everything from pine to web mail, but to be honest you look like a douche when you organize your inbox. With our patented gestures and smooth animations you will be the sexiest person doing email ever. Look at how beautiful it is!

I heard that you like boxes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185819)

So we put a MailBox inside a DropBox, so that you can Box while you Box.

Re:I heard that you like boxes... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185945)

I fucked your mom's box then dropped some of my baby batter in it.

Monopolistic behavior! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186171)

Dropbox is going to corner the market on tech companies whose name ends with "box"

Re:Monopolistic behavior! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43187279)

Don't forget Boxee, Box Clever, and Jack In A Box!

Here's the real metric of the value of this... (0)

Jedi Holocron (225191) | about a year ago | (#43186571)

...information.

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

IOW: Nobody cares.

Must be said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43189033)

All your boxes are belonging to us.

GMail only ? (1)

Pascal Sartoretti (454385) | about a year ago | (#43189485)

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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