In a rather quick and surprising acquisition, Dropbox has announced on its blog that it has acquired the much hyped Mailbox mail client for iPhone.
In the post, Dropbox says they spent time with the Mailbox team and it became clear that their calling was the same as theirs, "to solve life’s hidden problems and reimagine the things we do every day." They say that they quickly realized that together they could save millions of people a lot of pain.
Dropbox doesn’t replace your folders or your hard drive: it makes them better. The same is true with Mailbox, it doesn’t replace your email: it makes it better. Whether it’s your Dropbox or your Mailbox, we want to find ways to simplify your life.
We’re all looking forward to making Mailbox even better and getting it into as many people’s hands as possible. There’s so much to do and we’re excited to get started!
According to The Wall Street Journal, all 14 members of the Mailbox team will join Dropbox but no price has been confirmed. Mailbox will continue as a stand-alone app, with Dropbox building its tech into the app.
Additionally Mailbox CEO Gentry Underwood wrote in a blog post,
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.