Friday, March 15, 2013

Dropbox Acquires Mailbox, Accelerated Rollout Coming?

The ever popular app Mailbox by Orchestra has just been acquired by the giant file sharing and storing company, Dropbox. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Dropbox has confirmed that they plan to keep Mailbox as a stand alone app with goals of expanding both companies in the near future with the reports coming from The Wall Street Journal.

"We felt we could help Mailbox reach a much different audience much faster," said Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, who said both companies shared the goal of making people’s lives easier.

He said Dropbox will keep the Mailbox service running as a stand-alone app, and over time Dropbox will also use Mailbox’s technology to enhance Dropbox features, like email attachments. The deal came together, he said, after the companies started talking about email attachments a few months ago."

My growing concern was that Mailbox would be bought out by Google if the app became a success and disappear with the likes of Sparrow. However, I am pretty happy with Mailbox being purchased by Dropbox. I have been using Dropbox for years and I am confident that they can make the app even better because of the resources they have. As long as they do not mess with the team that created and runs Mailbox now, I can't see Mailbox going down the same path as Sparrow which is great news.

Even better news is that Dropbox is looking to accelerate the rollout on Mailbox which is music to many people's ears as Mailbox still has over a half a million people waiting in line to use their app.