Mailbox, the iPhone app designed to ease the pain of trying to clear your inbox on a daily basis, has gained a lot of attention since its launch, helped no doubt by the waiting list system the team have used to manage the rollout, allowing the app to scale to an increasing user base without falling over, a victim of its own success. But with the waiting list ever growing, Mailbox needs a way of adding users – and features – quicker than they’re currently able to.
Enter Dropbox, the cross-platform cloud storage service, who have announced the acquisition of Mailbox. In a blog post Dropbox announced they’re “looking forward to making Mailbox even better and getting it into as many people’s hands as possible.” The Mailbox team added similar thoughts to their history page, saying “The product needs to grow fast, and we believe that joining Dropbox is the best way to make that happen.”
As a recent adopter of Mailbox myself, I can see great potential for the app, and joining forces with Dropbox should allow the team to develop the features to realise that potential. While there’s been no official word on what the deal is worth, TechCrunch reports a figure of around $100 million in cash and stock.