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Dropbox acquires Mailbox iPhone email app, more features and services promised

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday March 15, 2013.

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Mailbox, a productivity-driven Apple iOS email app that serves more than 60 million emails per day, has been acquired by Dropbox. The two companies announced the acquisition in separate blog posts that tout how joining forces will lead to creating a better product.

The pairing of Dropbox and Mailbox makes sense at first glance. Mailbox forced hundreds of thousands of users to wait in staged rollouts because it could not handle the influx of new users when it launched in February. At the moment this post was published, about 530,000 people were still waiting for access to the alternative email app that works only with Gmail. Dropbox is a company that specializes in cloud management, so one can reasonably assume that its expertise in the field and ability to expand Mailbox's server capacity will come in handy.

Mailbox cited Dropbox's reach as reason for agreeing to sell the company. The Mailbox blog states:

"Rather than grow Mailbox on our own, we've decided to join forces with Dropbox and build it out together. To be clear, Mailbox is not going away. The product needs to grow fast, and we believe that joining Dropbox is the best way to make that happen. Plus, imagine what cool things you could do if your Mailbox was connected to your Dropbox...

So hold onto your hats, because our time together is just getting started. And thanks again for joining us on the journey to transform the inbox. We're really excited for what's ahead."

Dropbox gains another component to its list of services that can be connected. The company already stores documents and photos, and it acquired AudioGalaxy ahead of what is expected to be a media streaming feature in Dropbox. Mailbox could deliver more communication features to Dropbox, and linking email to the cloud company will be beneficial to both apps.

Mailbox hopes to accelerate its growth and make the app available to "everyone who wants it." The company also says that it will expand to more email providers and mobile devices.

source: Mailbox, via: Dropbox

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