Dropbox announces it’s shutting down Mailbox and Carousel apps in 2016

Dropbox is the owner of two iOS apps, Mailbox and Carousel, the former focused on emails and the latter on photos, but those apps have their days numbered.

Dropbox on Monday, December 7, officially announced that it would be shutting down both apps, along with any and all development on them, in the early part of 2016. Specifically, Mailbox will be shutting down on February 28, 2016, while Carousel will be seeing its final twilight on March 31, 2016.
“Building new products is about learning as much as it’s about making. It’s also about tough choices. Over the past few months, we’ve increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together. In light of that, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down Carousel and Mailbox.”
Dropbox has made the decision to close down both apps because it wants to focus the teams on productivity and, while not completely ignoring emails altogether, by streamlining the work experience that eventually leads to emails at some point down the road. As such, Dropbox is essentially focusing entirely on new ways users can collaborate with one another, and even communicate during those work sessions, even if that doesn’t include an email app.
On February 26, Mailbox users won’t be able to log into the app anymore, and any “auto-swipe” patterns that users have put together over the years will be deleted and disabled as well. All email drafts will be deleted on that day, too, while all “Snoozed” emails will find their way back into the user’s Inbox.
As for Carousel, Dropbox says that while Carousel was great as a standalone app, and that many people used it, they’ve found users actually prefer the “convenience and simplicity” of interacting with photos within the Dropbox app/service itself:
“When we introduced Carousel in April 2014, we believed a standalone app would be a better way to experience photos. We’re proud to have created a photo app that many of you use and love. However, over the past year and a half, we’ve learned the vast majority of our users prefer the convenience and simplicity of interacting with their photos directly inside of Dropbox.”
Dropbox acquired the popular email app Mailbox back in March of 2013. In April of 2014, Dropbox officially debuted the Carousel app as a new way to share photos, while in the same month debuted Mailbox for Mac — a highly requested app that, eventually, saw a beta release on Apple’s desktop software.
Did you use Mailbox or Carousel?
[via Dropbox]


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